Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Student Opportunities

The Physics & Astronomy Department 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.

Scholarships

Search Huskies Scholarships to find available scholarships.

External Student Research Opportunities

Student Research at St. Cloud State

  • Undergraduate research is identified as a "High Impact Practice" by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (Kuh, 2008). Research experience is extremely valuable for students and is highly encouraged by the department.  Ask a professor to find a project and get involved!
  • Student Research Award grants and Student Travel Grants: Access the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs website to apply for St. Cloud State Student Research Grants of up to $1000 here.
  • Summer 2020: We currently have opportunities for paid summer research in Summer 2020 through the department.  Speak to a faculty research mentor to find a project topic, and email Dr. Kvaal for information.
  • Summer 2020: Huskies Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) can pay $2,000 for 8 weeks $1,000 for 4 weeks, plus $500 for supplies.  Apply here!
  • To find other research opportunities in our department, visit our Research page.
List of Past Student Research Projects

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2019 - Summer 2020

  • 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)

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2015 - Summer 2016

  • Sutapa Biswas and Michael Severson — Magnetic Mirrors and Plasma Trapping (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Christopher Crawford — Photometry and Multiwavelength Analysis of a Star Formation Region (with Prof. Polomski)
  • Christopher Crawford — Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of Diamond-like Carbon (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Clinton Dawson — The New Space Race (with Prof. Lee)
  • Dustin Gilyard — Laser Plasma Generation for a Propulsion System (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Dustin Gilyard — Pulsed Plasma Thruster (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Seth Hennagir — Charge Carrier Mobility Determination of Polyacenes by Time-of-Flight (with Russ Lidberg)
  • Seth Hennagir — Charge Carrier Mobility Determination of Rubrene Derivatives (with Russ Lidberg)
  • William Julius — High Voltage Electric Modification of Photo-Electric Absorption in Metallic Foils (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Jon Lepp — Multispectral Diode Laser (with Prof. Sinko)
  • William Muench — Fiber Optic Detection of Plasmas within a Vacuum Environment (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Michael Rogers — Photophysics of Organic Based Solar Cell Materials Studied by Pump Probe Transient Absorption Spectrometry (with Russ Lidberg)
  • Grant Schellberg — Fresnel Lens Oven (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Tyler Schweisthal, Martin Mutai, and Michael Lachner — 3-D Printed Tracking Telescope (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Rita Schwieters and Travis Hislop — Four-Wave Mixing for Solid-State Materials (with Russ Lidberg)
  • Rita Schwieters and Travis Hislop — Four-Wave Mixing System Design for Chemical Sensing (with Russ Lidberg)

Physics and Astronomy Student Research, Fall 2014 - Summer 2015

  • Tyler Baxter — Concept Study of a Novel Photon Sail / Astronaut Retrieval using High Power Lasers (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Intana Chanthirath — Modeling Diatom Properties (with Prof. Haglin)
  • Maria Gaffney — Optical Analysis of Liquid Crystal Smart Material for Sustainable Energy Coatings (Prof. Sinko)
  • Joseph Harter — Lateral Field Studies of Organic Semi-Conductor Crystals (with Prof. Lidberg)
  • Travis Hislop — Nontoxic Ammonium Iron Citrate Holography (with Prof. Sinko)
  • Casey Rowe — Optical Instrumentation and Analysis of Semi-Conductor Materials (with Prof. Lidberg)
  • Justin Ruud — Radiation Transport Calculations (with Prof. Ratliff)
  • Daniel Sapp — Gravitational Effects of Compact Objects (with Prof. Haglin)
  • James Sweeney — Optical Measurement of Plasma Properties (with Prof. Sinko)

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