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Ten Wheaton Students Attend CUWIP 2024

Ten Wheaton College Physics and Engineering students attended the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on January 19-21.

Spiritual Opportunities at a Summer REU

Genevieve Nelson successfully applied for and was chosen to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for the summer of 2021 at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.While seeking to develop her expertise as a physics researcher, Nelson also desired to view her research as an opportunity for ministry.

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Faculty Author Publishes with Prestigious Oxford University Press

Physics and Engineering department faculty member, Dr. Robert Bishop with two co-authors, has just published a book entitled Emergence in Context with “the world's leading university press” Oxford University Press (OUP).

Turning a Profit with a Purpose – Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company 

Chesterton SchuchardtIn February, about twenty students and a few other guests gathered in Wheaton’s engineering lab to listen to Chesterton Schuchardt ('20) introduce the Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company

Engineers Visit Premier Mechanical

Premier Mechanical Inc. focuses on design, construction and installation of HVAC systems around the Chicagoland area and beyond.

Celebrating Women: Wheaton Grad on SPS Alumni Engagement Team 

Alumni, SPSJennifer Ruda  (‘18), a high school physics teacher has joined the Society of Physics Students Alumni Engagement Program.

Wheaton Sophomore Awarded American Association of Physics Teachers' Scholarship 

Wheaton sophomore Tamara Watson (Physics Secondary Ed ‘23) has been awarded the Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers from the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Wheaton Grad. Hunts for Gravitational Waves

Steven Palladino's ('13) doctoral work attempts to detect gravitational waves from the birth of the universe. 

Mission to Mars: The Wheaton Connection

Wheaton Physics alumnus Roger Wiens '82 played a pivotal role in the Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February 2021. 

Faculty and Students Explore Life on Mars

During the Summer of 2020, faculty member Rhiannon Blaauw-Erskine and a group of nine physics students designed a million-person settlement on Mars.



Students and Faculty in Wheaton Magazine

Students and faculty from the Department of Physics and Engineering are featured in the most recent issue of Wheaton Magazine.

Physics Faculty Awarded NASA Grant

Assistant Professor of Physics Jim Schroeder ‘09 is part of a team of researchers who have recently been awarded a grant from NASA. 

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Faculty Awarded Templeton Grant

NASA scientist and physics lecturer Rhiannon Blaauw Erskine and fellow Wheaton prof Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt awarded major grant.

Remote Learning Experiment

The switch to remote learning during the spring had a significant impact on several of Genevieve Nelson's courses, heavily affecting her laboratory-based experimental physics course in particular. 

Recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Stephen McKayStephen McKay is one of two Wheaton students to have received the Goldwater Scholarship. 

Breaking New Ground with LiDAR

Wheaton College students and faculty have formed an intra-departmental team to create a process utilizing LiDAR technology to map changes at archeological sites, with Tel Shimron in Israel as the initial test location.

Announcing a New Scholarship

The William Lewis Shuster Jr. Engineering Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to an incoming first year engineering student.

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New Moles Scholarship

Wheaton engineering student, Rebecca Geiger wins Moles scholarship.