Undergraduate Research Projects

Undergraduate research projects by year, including Honors Theses, Independent Study courses, and other Undergraduate Projects.
Name Title
Aaron Dunbrack
Honors Thesis, 2017

Collider Phenomenology of the Higgs Triplet Model

Advisor: Michael Ramsey-Musolf
Edward Gelberg
Honors Thesis, 2017

Characterization of Silicon Photomultipliers for use in the Next Enriched Xenon Observatory

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Robert Johnston
Honors Thesis, 2017

The Charged Pion Polarizability Experiment at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility: Developing Nuclear Instrumentation and Simulation

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Saba Karimeddiny
Honors Thesis, 2017

The Ising model with a random, time-varying, external field

Advisor: Jon Machta
Jordan Kornfeld
Honors Thesis, 2017

Jefferson National Laboratory Charged Pion Polarizability Experiment: Monte Carlo Simulation Using GEANT4 and Construction of Multi-Wire Proportional

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Mitchell Negus
Honors Thesis, 2016

Simulating radon-daughter induced backgrounds to improve the detection efficiency of nEXO

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Fabian Ahmed
Undergrad Project, 2011

Testing flash-ADC VME based electronics for the Jefferson Lab Hall D project.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Josh Bonatt
Undergrad Project, 2011

UV light reflectivity studies for DarkSide and EXO.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Ian Brown
Undergrad Project, 2011

Vortex dynamics and statistics in a bilayer superconducting system.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Alex Chippendale
Undergrad Project, 2011

Studies of backgrounds to the search for micro black holes at the LHC.

Advisor: Carlo Dallapiccola
Kevin Cunningham
Undergrad Project, 2011

Gas diffusion through ultra thin polymer films.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Chris Dunay
Undergrad Project, 2011

Design and assembly of xenon scintillation light sources for EXO.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Carolyn Earnest
Undergrad Project, 2011

Physics of a superconducting single-electron trap device.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Gary Forster
Undergrad Project, 2011

GEANT4 Montecarlo simulations for the DarkSide dark matter detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Monica Harrelson
Undergrad Project, 2011

Development of a xenon irradiation cell for Cs-136 production.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Brandon Hoover
Honors Thesis, 2011

Adhesion and Cohesion in Charged Granular Powders.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Ryan Horton
Undergrad Project, 2011

Assembly of Large-Area Uniform Films Composed of Micro-Particles.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Soren Hough
Undergrad Project, 2011

Susing DNA to construct kinesin motor multimer cargos.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
John Howard
Undergrad Project, 2011

Data analysis for the BOREXINO solar neutrino experiment.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Maxim Ivanov
Undergrad Project, 2011

Mechanical studies of tension-gated pore proteins in yeast.

Advisor: Maria Kilfoil
Colin Jermain
Honors Thesis, 2011

Dissociation of Superconducting Vortex Stacks in Bilayer Configuration.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
John Karlen
Undergrad Project, 2011

Parameter estimation for gravitational wave bursts.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Donnie Kim
Undergrad Project, 2011

Studies of high-pT muon performance with the ATLAS detector.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
Kyle Lafata
Honors Thesis, 2011

Changes in Dose-Volume Effects due to High Dose Rate Volumetric  Modulated Arc Therapy.

Advisor: Monroe Rabin
Eric Lee
Undergrad Project, 2011

Developing an active-scintillating polarized proton target for use in low-energy photo-nuclear experiments.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Mark Lodato
Undergrad Project, 2011

Design of a xenon liquefaction system for EXO R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Alex Lombardi
Honors Thesis, 2011

Seismic Trend Analysis and Control System Modeling for Ground-Based Gravitational Wave Detectors.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Dylan Lovinger
Undergrad Project, 2011

Temperature Dependence of Diffusion of Gaseous Helium through Common Epoxies and Study of the Suppression of the Lambda Transition in Helium in Porous Media.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Cameron Mackeen
Undergrad Project, 2011

Characterization of a cryogenic Avalanche Photodiode test setup.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Tom MacRae
Undergrad Project, 2011

Development of a deposition system for thin-film superconducting devices.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Kelly Malone
Undergrad Project, 2011

Characterization of a NaI detector for gamma rays.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Alex Nemtzow
Undergrad Project, 2011

Data analysis for the DarkSide dark matter detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Zach Nemtzow
Undergrad Project, 2011

Characterization of a chirplet-based search algorithm for binary black hole coalescences in LIGO data.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Victoria Porter
Undergrad Project, 2011

Kinesin motor driven microtubule organization.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
John Quirk
Honors Thesis, 2011

Suppression of Carbon-11 Background with Multivariate Analysis in the Borexino Solar Neutrino Detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Kirsten Randle
Undergrad Project, 2011

Data analysis for the DarkSide dark matter detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Russell Smith
Undergrad Project, 2011

Search of Large Extra Dimensions in dimuon events at the LHC.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
Stephanie Ann Stoudenmire
Undergrad Project, 2011

Atmospheric particulate measurements.

Advisor: Morton Sternheim
Colleen Treado
Undergrad Project, 2011

Investigating the prospects for discovery of black holes produced by proton-antiproton collisions at the LHC.

Advisor: Carlo Dallapiccola
Kyle Vanderverf
Undergrad Project, 2011

Simulations of elastic and fluid interfaces.

Advisor: Christian Santangelo
Isaac Vega
Undergrad Project, 2011

Charged Granular Media: How a Net Charge Causes Cohesion.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Sarah Zuraw
Undergrad Project, 2011

Detectability studies for astrophysical signatures in LIGO.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Fabian Ahmed
Undergrad Project, 2010

Development of a Field Programmable Gate Array based trigger to be used with a Solid-State photomultiplier with high speed ADC readout.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Theodore Patrick Ansbacher-Hunt
Undergrad Project, 2010

Gravitational Tension of Black Strings in AdS.

Advisor: Jennie Traschen
Josh Bonatt
Undergrad Project, 2010

Study of reflectivity characteristics of VUV light from PTFE for EXO and DarkSide R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Ben Bromberg
Undergrad Project, 2010

Structure formation and interactions in charged granular media.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Bryna Brooks
Undergrad Project, 2010

Data quality and characterization for the LIGO gravitational wave detectors.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Jamie Budynkiewicz
Undergrad Project, 2010

Data quality and characterization for the LIGO gravitational wave detectors.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Robert Deegan
Honors Thesis, 2010

Preparation of Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy System for Observation of Protein Folding.

Advisor: Lori Goldner
Tyler DeMarco
Undergrad Project, 2010

Design and engineering drawings of a radon counter for material screening.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Ian Douglas
Undergrad Project, 2010

Investigation of GPU processing capabilities for particle physics.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Chris Dunay
Undergrad Project, 2010

Development of xenon scintillation flashers for EXO R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Nathalie Fadel
Undergrad Project, 2010

Studies of microtubule mechanics.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
Sebastian Fischetti
Honors Thesis, 2010

Analytical and Numerical Relativity in the Search for Intermediate Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescences in LIGO.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Gary Forster
Undergrad Project, 2010

GEANT4 Montecarlo simulations for the DarkSide dark matter detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Keith Fratus
Honors Thesis, 2010

Boosted Decision Tree Muon Tagging in the Borexino Solar Neutrino Experiment.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Brandon Hoover
Undergrad Project, 2010

Charged Granular Materials.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
John Howard
Undergrad Project, 2010

Data analysis for the BOREXINO solar neutrino experiment.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Paul Hughes
Honors Thesis, 2010

Viability of Lead Oxide for Electron EDM Measurements.

Advisor: David Kawall
Maxim Ivanov
Undergrad Project, 2010

Mechanics of a model for cell cytoskeleton: Microrheology of a composite of actin-microtubule-intermediate filaments.

Advisor: Maria Kilfoil
Ari Katz
Undergrad Project, 2010

Stepping of the cargo-acarrying motor dynein from single molecule TIRF microscopy experiments.

Advisor: Maria Kilfoil
Adam Krellenstein
Undergrad Project, 2010

Localized Kaluza-Klein masses with finite tension.

Advisor: Jennie Traschen
Eric Lee
Undergrad Project, 2010

Polarized proton target for photo-nuclear experiments based on active scintillators.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Alex Lombardi
Undergrad Project, 2010

Studies of seismic upconversion and data stability in the Enhanced LIGO data run.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Dylan Lovinger
Undergrad Project, 2010

(1) Measuring the leakage of helium gas though epoxy as a function of temperature (and pressure gradient) from 77K to room temp, (2) measuring the flow of liquid helium through porous materials (Vycor, packed rouge) as a function of temperature and pressure from about 1.4K to 2.2K and 1 to 24 bar, and (3) obtaining TEM images of small diameter rouge powders, one of the porous materials.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Mark Lubin
Undergrad Project, 2010

GEANT4 simulations for EXO-200.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Amanda Lund
Honors Thesis, 2010

Performance Study for the Borexino Solar Neutrino Detector with Calibration Data.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Cameron Mackeen
Undergrad Project, 2010

EXO-200 simulations and work on an avalanche photodiode test setup for EXO R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Christopher MacLellan
Honors Thesis, 2010

Fabrication of Dielectric Loaded Surface Plasmon Polariton Waveguides via Electron Beam Lithography.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Kelly Malone
Undergrad Project, 2010

Development of a LabVIEW-based DAQ for laboratory particle detectors.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Matthew Mirigian
Honors Thesis, 2010

Microtubule Mechanics.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
Alex Nemtzow
Undergrad Project, 2010

GEANT4 Montecarlo simulations for the DarkSide dark matter detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Zach Nemtzow
Undergrad Project, 2010

Characterization of a chirplet-based search algorithm for binary black hole coalescences in LIGO data.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Emmanuel Owusu
Undergrad Project, 2010

Measuring the motions of single cell mitotic spindle and chromosome dynamics in living budding yeast cells in 3D at subpixel resolution.

Advisor: Maria Kilfoil
Robert Pierce
Honors Thesis, 2010

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
John Quirk
Undergrad Project, 2010

Data analysis for the BOREXINO solar neutrino experiment: mitigation of 11C background with multivariate analysis techniques.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Richard Rines
Honors Thesis, 2010

Development of an FPGA Processor for Testing a Solid-State Photomultiplier Coupled to a High Speed ADC.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
David Sliski
Honors Thesis, 2010

On the Quest for Gravitational Wave Detection: Mitigating Environmental Noise and Breaching the Quantum Limit.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Colleen Treado
Undergrad Project, 2010

Investigating the prospects for discovery of black holes produced by proton-antiproton collisions at the LHC.

Advisor: Carlo Dallapiccola
Alexa Villaume
Undergrad Project, 2010

Read out system for a an avalanche photodiode test setup for EXO R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Josh Wagner
Undergrad Project, 2010

Cooling system for an avalanche photodiode test setup for EXO R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Joshua Yi
Undergrad Project, 2010

Mechanics of a model for cell cytoskeleton: Microrheology of a composite of actin-microtubule-intermediate filaments.

Advisor: Maria Kilfoil
Fabian Ahmed
Undergrad Project, 2009

Development of a Field Programmable Gate Array based trigger to be used with a Solid-State photomultiplier with high speed ADC readout.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Theodore Patrick Ansbacher-Hunt
Undergrad Project, 2009

Gravitational Tension of Black Strings in AdS.

Advisor: Jennie Traschen
Vitaliy Belyshev
Honors Thesis, 2009

Characterization of Red Kinesin Motor Protein.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
Ben Bromberg
Undergrad Project, 2009

Structure formation and interactions in charged granular media.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Yitzi Calm
Honors Thesis, 2009

High Permeability Arrays of Magnets.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Robert Deegan
Undergrad Project, 2009

Investigations of the folding of cellular retinoic acid binding protein I (CRABP1) using single molecule techniques.

Advisor: Lori Goldner
Andy Dowd
Undergrad Project, 2009

Development of a spark chamber for an instructional lab.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Matt Drake
Undergrad Project, 2009

Computer simulations of surface growth models in statistical physics.

Advisor: Jonathan Machta
Chris Dunay
Undergrad Project, 2009

Development of xenon scintillation flashers for EXO R&D.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Nathalie Fadel
Undergrad Project, 2009

Studies of microtubule mechanics.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
Sebastian Fischetti
Undergrad Project, 2009

Detectability of gravitational wave signatures from the coalescence of binary black holes in LIGO.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Keith Fratus
Undergrad Project, 2009

Identification of muon background with the boosted decision tree multivariate analysis technique in data from the BOREXINO solar neutrino detector.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Brandon Hoover
Undergrad Project, 2009

Simulations to optimize the design of a spark chamber for cosmic ray studies in an advanced undergraduate laboratory setting.

Advisor: Benjamin Brau
Paul Hughes
Undergrad Project, 2009

Developing stabilized lasers to observe the Hanle effect in the B[1] state of PbO cooled in a buffer gas of neon.

Advisor: David Kawall
Alex Kiriakopoulos
Undergrad Project, 2009

Droplet fluidics for single molecule confinement.

Advisor: Lori Goldner
Adam Krellenstein
Undergrad Project, 2009

Localized Kaluza-Klein masses with finite tension.

Advisor: Jennie Traschen
Keith Landry
Honors Thesis, 2009

Construction of a Polarized Scintillating Target.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Eric Lee
Undergrad Project, 2009

Polarized proton target for photo-nuclear experiments based on active scintillators.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Alex Lombardi
Undergrad Project, 2009

Online studies of seismic upconversion and data stability in the Enhanced LIGO data run.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Dylan Lovinger
Undergrad Project, 2009

(1) Measuring the leakage of helium gas though epoxy as a function of temperature (and pressure gradient) from 77K to room temp, (2) measuring the flow of liquid helium through porous materials (Vycor, packed rouge) as a function of temperature and pressure from about 1.4K to 2.2K and 1 to 24 bar, and (3) obtaining TEM images of small diameter rouge powders, one of the porous materials.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Amanda Lund
Undergrad Project, 2009

Analysis of calibration data for the BOREXINO solar neutrino, with applications to the search for 8B solar neutrinos.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Matt Mirigian
Undergrad Project, 2009

Studies of microtubule mechanics.

Advisor: Jennifer Ross
David Ouellette
Honors Thesis, 2009

Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Instrument Development.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
John Quirk
Undergrad Project, 2009

Data analysis for the BOREXINO solar neutrino detector: detector stability and pulse shape discrimination.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Richard Rines
Undergrad Project, 2009

Development of a Field Programmable Gate Array based trigger to be used with a Solid-State photomultiplier with high speed ADC readout.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Brandon Kyle Schmoll
Undergrad Project, 2009

Design of laboratory equipment with SolidWorks and participation in on-site operations of EXO-200.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
James Schneeloch
Honors Thesis, 2009

On the Optical Properties of Cadmium Sulfide Nanocrystals.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
David Sliski
Undergrad Project, 2009

Study of magnetic couplings and physical environment monitors for the online characterization of data in Enhanced LIGO.

Advisor: Laura Cadonati
Chris Sterpka
Undergrad Project, 2009

Detector simulations for EXO-200.

Advisor: Andrea Pocar
Colleen Treado
Undergrad Project, 2009

Investigating the prospects for discovery of black holes produced by proton-antiproton collisions at the LHC.

Advisor: Carlo Dallapiccola
William Barnes
Undergrad Project, 2008

Building an experiment for the Intermediate Lab to observe the quantum entanglement of two gamma rays.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
John Barrett
Honors Thesis, 2008

Aspects of the Design of a Scintillating Polarized Proton Target for Measurement of the Spin Polarizabilities of the Proton.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
John Barrett
Undergrad Project, 2008

Measuring the spin-polarizabilities of the proton: designing a scintillating, polarized proton target and sensitivity studies of the cross sections to the polarizabilities.

Advisor: Rory Miskimen
Daniel Brosnan
Undergrad Project, 2008

Setup of the scanning and feedback system of a near-field scanning optical microscope.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Daniel Brosnan
Honors Thesis, 2008

Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Instrument Design and Development.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Yitzi Calm
Undergrad Project, 2008

Development of nano education video/animation modules; research on arrays of nanomagnets.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
John DeBardeleben
Undergrad Project, 2008

Research on proton transport through nanopores.

Advisor: Mark Tuominen
Matthew Gratale
Honors Thesis, 2008

Measuring the Three-Dimensional Morphology of Crumpled Shells Using Confocal Microscopy.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Matthew Gratale
Undergrad Project, 2008

Measuring the shape of a crumpled spherical shell.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Jaime Hopkins
Undergrad Project, 2008

The analysis of simulated top-quark events in ATLAS, and muon reconstruction performance with the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
Silvia Ionescu
Undergrad Project, 2008

Studies of thermal conductivity at low temperature.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
David Lawrence
Undergrad Project, 2008

Temperature-swellable, semi-permeable capsules by self assembly.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Ruary Layton
Undergrad Project, 2008

Properties of aluminum films.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Huai-Ti Lin
Undergrad Project, 2008

Independent study on nerve conduction, with an honors thesis on a method to measure mammalian locomotion.

Advisor: Monroe Rabin
Eric Miller
Undergrad Project, 2008

Diffusion limited aggregation on a curved surface using computer simulations.

Advisor: Jonathan Machta
Peter Mistark
Undergrad Project, 2008

Optical characterization of metal films with hole and disk arrays.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Eoin Moore
Undergrad Project, 2008

Honors thesis on Physics at the LHC, detailing how the Large Hadron Collider would operate as a data-collecting machine, and discussions of theoretical issues relevant to possible LHC discoveries.

Advisor: Eugene Golowich
Mikhail Okrochkov
Honors Thesis, 2008

Search for ρtc→W+Z Technicolor Signature at ATLAS.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
Mikhail Orkrochkov
Undergrad Project, 2008

The analysis of simulated Technicolor events in ATLAS.

Advisor: Stephane Willocq
David Ouellette
Undergrad Project, 2008

Implementation of an optical autocorrelator to measure femtosecond laser pulses, including optical setup, electronics for the detection system and measurements; laser setup to induce local heat shocks in fish embryos.

Advisor: Marc Achermann
Timothy Prisk
Undergrad Project, 2008

Measuring the contact forces at the bottom of droplet piles.

Advisor: Anthony Dinsmore
Peter Slepchuk
Honors Thesis, 2008

The Transmission of Light Through Static Disordered Systems.

Advisor: Narayanan Menon
Kyle Thompson
Undergrad Project, 2008

Senior thesis on disordered surfaces.

Advisor: Robert Hallock
Drew von Maluski
Undergrad Project, 2008

Development of a High Finesse Scanning Confocal Fabry-Perot Interferometer.

Advisor: David Kawall