"Senior Thesis Information & Recent Theses

Students preparing senior theses must enroll in PHYS1990 for the semester in which they will complete their thesis.  Students who wish to obtain credit for thesis related research work in the fall should enroll in PHYS1980 (an override code from the advisor will be needed).

Senior theses are due to be handed into the Department Honors Coordinator and the Senior Thesis Advisor 10 days before the beginning of reading period in a student’s final semester.  The final version of a student’s thesis is due no later than midnight of the last day of reading period.  Like other papers, theses will be vetted using TurnItIn or similar software.  Students wishing to be considered for honors must give a Senior thesis presentation no later than the last day of reading period.  These presentations typically last a half hour comprised of a 20 minute talk and 10 minute question and discussion period.  


Research Topic



Belcaster, Henry B.

"The Music of TRAPPIST-1 and Other Exoplanet Systems: An investigation of orbits, sound, and music's unique ability to explain complex structure in the universe"

Professor Stephon Alexander
Brown, Ian W. "Evaporation and measurement of thin oxidized aluminum films on an AAO substrate to investigate potential coulomb effects on transport" Professor Jim Valles
Chan, Jason C. "Prototyping and Testing an Energy Saving
Multifunctional Membrane for Buildings"
Professor Derek Stein
Godfrey, Ciaran L. "Search for Trijet Resonance" Professor Greg Landsberg
Hinkle, Elise D. "Tagging Hadronically Decaying Top Quarks with Deep Neural Networks" Professor Meenakshi Narain
Holber, Jamie E. "Spin Hall Angles in Solids exhibiting a Giant Spin Hall Effect" Professor Gang Xiao
Jayaraman, Rahul "Methods for Phase Curve Analyses of Exoplanet Atmospheres" Professor Greg Tucker
Kim, Heesoo "Exfoliation and Characterization of Materials for Heterostructure Assembly" Professors Kemp Plumb & Jia Leo Li
Kocher, Charles D. "Quantum Chaos in Simple Systems" Professor Antal Jevicki
Papol, Anthony V. "The Evolution and Stability of Four-Body Stellar Systems" Professor Stephon Alexander
Student Research Topic Advisor



Avkhadiev, Artur

“Treading Geodesic Pathways through the Configuration Space of a Linear Polymer”

Professor Stratt (Chemistry)

Butler, Jack

"Mapping Dark Matter in the Galaxy Clusters of the Northern Hemisphere"

Professor Dell'Antonio

Canaras, Zoe

"Constraining Sensitivity to the EoR Power Spectrum"

Professor Pober

Cheng, Rebecca

Studying and characterizing potential scale dependence of the sheet resistance of thin silver films

Professor Valles

Coleman, Evan

"Maximal Chaos in Black Holes"

Professor Jevicki

Dallas, Emanuel

"2D BEC"

Professor Kosterlitz

Dick, Nathaniel

"Exploring the Inhomogeneous Distribution of Matter Due to Perturbations in the Early Universe"

Professor Koushiappas

Dudak, Matthew

"Incorporating Computation in Introductory High School Physics"

Professor Targan & Professor Silva-Pimentel (Education)

Greer, Cory

“A search for dwarf candidates in wide-field surveys”

Professor Dell'Antonio 

Hartig, Kara

"Langmuir Turbulence in the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer: Towards a Sub-grid Statistical Climate Process Model"

Professor Marston

Herrera, Kairy

"Investigations on Superfluid Dark Matter"

Professor Alexander

Hirsch, Alexander

"A Python Environment for Wide-angle Energy-momentum Spectroscopy Analysis

Professor Zia (Engineering)

Isik, Oliver

“Detecting John Cunningham Virus Translocations through Solid-State Nanopores”

Professor Stein

Kang, Lucas

"Adinkras From Ordered Quartets of BC4 Coxeter Group Elements and Regarding Another Gadget's 1,358,954,496 Matrix Elements."

Professor Gates

Ortega, Marlene

"Methods for the distinction of hadronically decaying boosted W±/Z bosons"

Professor Narain

Marmor, Andrew

"Dynamical Friction....black holes "

Professor Koushiappas

Miller, Michelle

"Recovering the Physics of the Epoch of Reionization using Semi-Analytic 21CMMC Code"

Professor Pober

Quigley, Keegan

"Physical Amplification of Chemical Colorimetric Sensing and a Transfer Matrix Analysis"

Professor Xu (Engineering)

Sridhar Narayanan, Adarsh

"Using Machine Learning to Variationally Optimize Fermionic Wave Functions"

Professor Rubinstein (Chemistry)

Stern, Nicholas

"Dark Matter Directionality: Effect of Nuclear Recoil Direction Relative to Applied Electric Field on Ionization Yield in the LUX Detector"

Professor Gaitskell

Storer, Dara

"Analysis of the Best-Fit Sky Model Produced Through Redundant Calibration of the MWA"

Professor Pober

Tan, Matthew

"Linearity of the Hamamatsu R11410 Photomultipler Tube in cryogenic temperatures for the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment"

Professor Gaitskell

Yaruss, Emily

"Determining Dark Matter Distribution Through Gravitational Lensing in Low-Redshift Galaxy Clusters in the Southern Hemisphere"

Professor Dell'Antonio




Blunt, Sarah

"Orbits for the Impatient: A Bayesian Rejection Sampling Method for Quickly Fitting the Orbits of Long-Period Exoplanets"

Professor Dell'Antonio & E. Nielsen (SETI Institute) & Prof. Macintosh (Stanford)

Brauer, Kaley

"Force-Explicit Machine Learning Schemes and Interactive Visualization for Atomic Simulations"

Professor Marston & Professor Peterson (Engineering)

Butcher, Amy

"Laser Terahertz Emission Near-field Microscopy"

Professor Middleman

Harris, Evan

"PSF Anisotropy and Cluster Mass Estimation in Weak Gravitational Lensing"

Professor Dell'Antonio

Lynch, Connor

"Photomultiplier Tube (PMT) Testing for the LZ (LUX-ZEPLIN) Dark Matter Experiment under intense LED-light exposure and modulation"

Professor Gaitskell

Movsheva, Anna

"Anyons and Dualities in 2+1 Dimensions"

Professor Jevicki

Nelson, Jovan

"Using Jet Images and Deep Neural Networks to Identify Particles in High Luminosity"

Professor Narain

Oliver, Richard

"Force-Free Electrodynamics near the Horizon of an Extremal Kerr Black Hole"

Professor Lowe

L.J. Remillard

"Stirling coolers, their Vibrations, and Astronomy"

Professor Dell'Antonio 

Rivlis, Raz

"Monte Carlo Simulations of Liquid Crystal Decorated Nanoparticles"

Professor Pelcovits

Romines, Carl

"Weak Gravitational Lensing"

Professor Dell'Antonio

Rosenberg, Eliott

"Cooling in a Dissipative Dark Sector"

Professor Fan

Seymour, Devon

"Monte Carlo Simulations of Polonium Drift from Radon Progeny in an Electrostatic Counter"

Professor Gaitskell

Tennis, Jessica

"Thermodynamics and Kinetics of DOTA-Based Ligands"

Professor Dell'Antonio & Professor Robinson (Chemistry)

Zamora, Alvaro

"Finding Young and Hypervelocity Stars in the Outer Halo of the Galaxy" 

Professor Dell'Antonio


Adams, Dominic

"Computational Simulation of Pawder NMR Spectra"

Professor Mitrovic

Altman, Lauren

"Scattering Amplitudes of On-Shell Plabic Graphs resulting in Elliptic Integrals"

Professor Spradlin

Berglund, Kallan

"Investigation of Firewalls in Black Holes"

Professor  Lowe

Cooper-Troendle, London

"Inflation and the Growth of Density Perturbations in the Early Universe"

Professor Koushiappas

Dallas, Sam

"Modeling Galaxy Color Variations for Cosmological Simulations"

Professor Dell'Antonio

Flexman, Connor

"Detection of Liquid Xenon Surface Waves by Light Modulation in the LUX Dark Matter Experiment"

Professor Gaitskell

Ghoush, Soumya

"Reconstructing Pixel-Resolution Spectra of Galaxies using Hubble Data"

Professor Dell'Antonio

Givans, Jahmour

"Particle Detection in Schwarzschild Anti-de Sitter Spacetime"

Professor  Lowe

Levine, Alexander J.

"Effects of a Capacitvely-Coupled Ground Plane on Nanohoneycomb Thin Films near the Insulator-Superconductor Transition"

Professor Valles

Nishimura-Gasparian, Kei

"Swimming in Style: Stokes Flow Induced by a Swimmer in a Liquid Crystal"

Professor Powers

Scheer, Michael

"Spins in the Rough: Finding Carbon-13 Nuclear Spins near a Nitrogen-Vacancy Center in Diamond"

Professor Zia

Snider, Charles

"Group Theory Applications in Chern-Simons Theory"

Professor Jevicki

Storey-Fisher, Kate

"Defining Dark Matter Halo Mass in Cosmological Simulations"

Professor Dell'Antonio

Tarshish, Nathaniel

"Monte Carlo Simulations of Liquid Crystal Defects and Mixtures"

Professor Pelcovits

Van der List, Joseph

"Searching for a heavy Partner to the Top Quark"

Professor Narain

Watson-Daniels, Jamelle

"Evaluating Plasmonic Photocatalytic Activity of Materials"

Professor Xu

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