Honors Theses


  • Brandon Hoover: Adhesion and Cohesion in Charged Granular Powders. (Advisor: A. Dinsmore)
  • Colin Jermain: Dissociation of Superconducting Vortex Stacks in Bilayer Configuration. (Advisor: M. Tuominen)
  • Kyle Lafata:  Changes in Dose-Volume Effects due to High Dose Rate Volumetric  Modulated Arc Therapy (Advisor: M. Rabin)
  • Alex Lombardi: Seismic Trend Analysis and Control System Modeling for Ground-Based Gravitational Wave Detectors. (Advisor: L. Cadonati)
  • John Quirk: Suppression of Carbon-11 Background with Multivariate Analysis in the Borexino Solar Neutrino Detector. (Advisors:  L. Cadonati, A. Pocar)


  • Sebastian Fischetti: Analytical and Numerical Relativity in the Search for Intermediate Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescences in LIGO. (Advisor: L. Cadonati)
  • Keith Fratus: Boosted Decision Tree Muon Tagging in the Borexino Solar Neutrino Experiment. (Advisor: L. Cadonati)
  • Paul Hughes: Viability of Lead Oxide for Electron EDM Measurements. (Advisor: D. Kawall)
  • Amanda Lund: Performance Study for the Borexino Solar Neutrino Detector with Calibration Data. (Advisor: L. Cadonati)
  • Christopher MacLellan: Fabrication of Dielectric Loaded Surface Plasmon Polariton Waveguides via Electron Beam Lithography. (Advisor: M. Achermann)
  • Matthew Mirigian: Microtubule Mechanics. (Advisor: J. Ross)
  • Robert Pierce: A Study of the Antarctic Climate System with an Analysis of Increased Ocean Water Temperature and Its Effect on Ice Melting Rates. (Advisor: R. DeConto, Geosciences)
  • Richard Rines: Development of an FPGA Processor for Testing a Solid-State Photomultiplier Coupled to a High Speed ADC. (Advisor: R. Miskimen)
  • Robert Deegan: Preparation of Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy System for Observation of Protein Folding. (Advisor: L. Goldner)
  • David Sliski: On the Quest for Gravitational Wave Detection: Mitigating Environmental Noise and Breaching the Quantum Limit. (Advisor: L. Cadonati)


  • Vitaliy Belyshev: Characterization of Red Kinesin Motor Protein. (Advisor: J. Ross)
  • Yitzi Calm: High Permeability Arrays of Magnets. (Advisor: M. Tuominen)
  • Keith Landry: Construction of a Polarized Scintillating Target. (Advisor: R. Miskimen)
  • David Ouellette: Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Instrument Development. (Advisor: M. Achermann)
  • James Schneeloch: On the Optical Properties of Cadmium Sulfide Nanocrystals. (Advisor: M. Achermann)


  • John Barrett: Aspects of the Design of a Scintillating Polarized Proton Target for Measurement of the Spin Polarizabilities of the Proton. (Advisor: R. Miskimen)
  • Daniel Brosnan: Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Instrument Design and Development. (Advisor: M. Achermann)
  • Matthew Gratale: Measuring the Three-Dimensional Morphology of Crumpled Shells Using Confocal Microscopy. (Advisor: A. Dinsmore)
  • Mikhail Okrochkov: Search for ρtc→W+Z Technicolor Signature at ATLAS. (Advisor: S. Willocq)
  • Peter Slepchuk: The Transmission of Light Through Static Disordered Systems. (Advisor: N. Menon)