Student research opportunities are central to our mission. We welcome students to collaborate with faculty in our research labs, whether they are senior physics majors or undecided first-year students.
Student-faculty collaborations are supported in several different ways:
- Wheaton Research Partnerships and Summer Research Fellowships
- Wheaton Foundation Grants and Filene Center travel support
- Rhode Island Space Grant Fellowships
- National Science Foundation
- Grants from industrial partners
A number of students also participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates at other institutions. Many student projects have been presented at the spring Wheaton Academic Festival, at local and national conferences, and in professional publications.
A sample of recent research projects:
- Scott Tarlow '12 studied normal fault populations on Saturn's moon Dione using recent data from the Cassini spacecraft.
- Tyler Bennett '12 investigated the optical properties of praesodymium-doped lithium niobate for use as a material in future energy-efficient lighting.
- Erik Lenferink '11 used Wheaton's computing cluster to visualize turbulent plumes of hot water injected into a rotating ocean.
- Becky Johnson '11 wrote an honors thesis based on the connection between student's math confidence and their performance in introductory physics classes.