Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Student Opportunities

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is dedicated to helping students learn and grow as scientists by supporting our majors in a wide variety of research and service opportunities.

Research

Tutoring

To get help with classes and assignments, go to the Tutoring Center in ISELF 332 or contact your professor.

To help out as a tutor or office assistant, contact Kevin Haglin.

Physics and Science Scholarships

Scholarships financially support your education, help you avoid student loan debt, and look good on a resume. Search Huskies Scholarships to find scholarships. For example, check out:

In addition, we encourage students to please consider the following unique external opportunities:

  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship: Eligibility information here (Barry Goldwater Eligibility Criteria). You would typically apply as a sophomore or junior. This opportunity covers 1-2 years (junior/senior) of school. It is a nationally competitive scholarship for exceptional students intending to pursue a career in STEM research. The application process is somewhat complicated; the application due date is the last Friday in January each year, but to have a chance you should begin preparations in the fall. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. If interested, please contact Dr. Sinko (the St. Cloud State campus representative).
  • NSF-Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship: NSF-Noyce Informational Flyer and NSF-Noyce Interest Form. This opportunity pays full room/board/tuition/fees + $1,500 per semester with leadership involvement in the St. Cloud State LA program for your last four semesters at St. Cloud State to earn a Physics Education major, then following graduation at St. Cloud State you commit to teach at a high-need K-12 school district for four years. Follow the instructions in the flyer and form to apply.

External Student Research Opportunities

Student Research at St. Cloud State

  • Documentable student research is an important component of a graduate school application.
  • Participation in research can also train skills, teamwork, planning, and creative adaptability needed for the workforce.
  • Ask or email a professor to find a project and get involved!
  • 2021 SCSU Mentor-Student Research Grants: these pay for project supplies or travel. Go here (SCSU Research & Sponsored Programs) to apply.
  • SCSU Physics & Astronomy Department currently has special funding for paid summer research.  Email Dr. Haglin for information.
  • 2021 SCSU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) can pay $2,000 for 6 weeks, plus $500 for supplies.  Apply here!
  • To find research project opportunities in our department, visit our Research page.
List of Past Student Research Projects

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2020 - Summer 2021

  • Amrit Chhetri — High speed video analysis of laser ejected particles (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Veronica Sevilla Rubi — Analysis of aluminum laser mass removal (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Naqsh E Zafar — Energy analysis for laser active debris removal (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Elatia Zaffke — Laboratory Simulation of Supernova Shock Waves (with Prof. Sinko and Dr. Elisha Polomski, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA)

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2019 - Summer 2020

  • Tyler Buddhu — Electrical Impedance and Tube Alloys Research (with Prof. Ratliff)
  • Bijaya Ghorasainee and Sanjeev Regmi — Analysis of ZnO Nanoparticles (with Prof. Sinko and Prof. Nelson, and Prof. Kannan Sivaprakasam, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)
  • Edison King — Dynamics of Double and Triple Physical Pendulums (with Prof. Haglin)
  • Ashton Miller, Chase Negen, and Naqsh Zafar — Experimental Study of Laser Ablative Removal of Aluminum Space Debris (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Chase Negen — Thermal Effects during Laser Ablative Space Debris Removal (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Matthew Thomas — Drag Force Due to Doppler-Shifted Radiation (with Prof. Haglin)
  • Elatia Zaffke — Laboratory RF Plasma System and Simulation of Supernova Shock Waves (with Prof. Sinko and Prof. Haglin, and Dr. Elisha Polomski, Department of Physics & Astronomy, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA)
  • Physics & Astronomy Club — Tesla Coil (with Prof. Sinko)

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2018 - Summer 2019

  • Alexis Corbett and Danielle Hall — Color-Change Coatings using Leuco Dyes (with Prof. Sinko and Prof. Sivaprakasam, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)
  • Bijaya Ghorasainee and Sanjeev Regmi — Analysis of ZnO Nanoparticles (with Prof. Sinko and Prof. Nelson, and Prof. Kannan Sivaprakasam, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)
  • Edison King — Dynamics of Double and Triple Physical Pendulums (with Prof. Haglin)
  • Chase Negen — Aluminum Space Debris Removal (with Prof. Sinko)

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2017 - Summer 2018

  • Tyler Baxter — Laser Tractor Beams (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Alexis Corbett and Danielle Hall — Color-Change Coatings using Leuco Dyes (with Prof. Sinko and Prof. Sivaprakasam, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)
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  • Elizabeth Rossman — Laser Crater Profiling in Aluminum Targets (with Prof. Sinko)

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2016 - Summer 2017

  • Tyler Baxter — Laser-Induced Carbon-Doped Carbonate Propellant Decomposition for Beamed Energy Propulsion (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Benjamin Boe — Dirac's Inferno: Quantum Mechanics (with Prof. Haglin)
  • Eu Sheng Chung, Amila DeSilva, and Dareck Tamariz — Vision System for Factory (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Alexis Corbett, Travis Hislop, and Meredith Rupp — Diffuse Reflectance Study of Thermochromic Materials for Sustainable Energy Coatings (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Chris Crawford — Supernova Shockwaves through a Nebula-like Plasma (with Prof. Polomski and Prof. Sinko)
  • Sam Hartman — Torsion Pendulum for Laser Thrust Detection (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Seth Hennagir — Charge Carrier Mobility Studies in Polyacenes (with Russ Lidberg)
  • Travis Hislop — Development of a Random Number Generator for Modeling (with Prof. Liu)
  • Anthony Kunkel — Light from Freezing Quarks (with Prof. Haglin)
  • Michael Rogers — Photophysics of Organic Materials by Pump-Probe Spectroscopy (with Russ Lidberg)
  • Yesenia Vega — Effects of Laser Conditioning of Thermochromic Materials (with Prof. Sinko)

STEM Outreach

Support the next generation of scientists and engineers!

Join the Physics & Astronomy Club

We are an active, award-winning student organization. Some typical activities include game nights, field trips to national lab facilities (recent destinations included Fermi Lab, the Soudan mine/MINOS, and the NOvA experiment), canoeing on the Mississippi river, STEM outreach, and building devices of mad physics - recent projects included a Rubens tube and a Tesla coil.

Physics & Astronomy Club trip to Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Fall 2015