Category: "Physics"

SACNAS Recognizes HMC Researchers

November 5, 2018

SACNAS group conference 2018 photo

Harvey Mudd College students Rex Asabor ’22 and Luis Martinez ’19 were among 105 students who received Student Presentation Awards for their research at the 2018 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in San Antonio, Texas, in October. Their work was selected from over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate […]

Dark Matter Particle Study Funded by NSF

September 28, 2018

Brian Shuve, physics professor, Harvey Mudd College

Astronomers estimate that more than 80 percent of the universe’s mass is made up of dark matter, which consists of invisible particles that give off no measurable energy except when they collide with one another in exceedingly weak explosions. What are these particles? That’s a big unanswered question, and one that has captivated scientists around […]

Brown Named Astronaut Scholar

September 7, 2018

Nina Brown '19

Harvey Mudd College physics major Nina Brown ’19 was named an Astronaut Scholar for the 2018–2019 academic year by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). She is the 25th Harvey Mudd student to receive the honor. In August, Brown attended the ASF Innovators Gala in Washington D.C., where she received her award and spent time getting […]

Harvey Mudd Alumnae Compete in 42nd Air Race Classic

June 15, 2018

Harvey Mudd alumnae Nancy Smith ’76 and Barbara Filkins ’75

Harvey Mudd College physics alumnae Barbara Filkins ’75 and Nancy Smith ’76 are competing in the 42nd Air Race Classic, the annual all-women, cross-country airplane race, to raise money to support the College’s Iris and Howard Critchell Aeronautical Annual Scholarship. Filkins and Smith are graduates of the former Bates Aeronautics Program, which Iris and Howard […]

Harvey Mudd Welcomes New Faculty

June 12, 2018

Motivated by the mission of broadly educating students in science, engineering, mathematics and in the humanities, social sciences and the arts, faculty members at Harvey Mudd College develop innovative pedagogies, offer opportunities for student research, engage students in experiential learning and challenge students to develop an informed world view. The College welcomed new scholars who […]

Physics Paper Delves Inside the Box

April 24, 2018

Black Box

Somewhere in the basement of the Harvey Mudd Department of Physics, there’s a nameless black box. But its unremarkable looks and lack of an official moniker belie its capabilities. Built in 2016 by mathematics and physics major Calvin Leung ’17 and physics major Amy Brown ’17, the black box contains photon detectors, a camera lens […]

Three-day Showcase of Student Projects Begins April 30

April 19, 2018

Rsearch posters at Harvey Mudd College

In celebration of experiential learning, an integral part of the Harvey Mudd College experience, the entire College community celebrates students’ original projects in design or research each spring. This celebration of student achievement includes Presentation Days (April 30 and May 2), showcasing senior thesis research and class projects, and Projects Day, May 1, a showcase […]

NSF Graduate Fellowships Announced

April 16, 2018

NSF logo

Two Harvey Mudd College seniors, Jessica Lupanow and Kemper Ludlow, have been granted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. In addition, three Harvey Mudd alumni were granted fellowships, and four seniors were awarded honorable mentions, which is considered a significant academic achievement. Ludlow, a physics major, will attend Cornell University and conduct research in experimental […]

HMC Physics Community Attends APS

March 22, 2018

APS sign

When designing his solid state physics course for the 2018 spring semester, Professor Nicholas Breznay ’02 had an ultimate goal in mind: Get as many students as he could to attend the American Physical Society March Meeting, held this year in Los Angeles. “The idea was to give students ownership of the language and active […]