Past Student Research

Students who have Participated in REU's and/or Wheaton Undergraduate Research Programs

Genevieve Nelson (B.S. Applied Physics '22): Genevieveparticipated in an REU in Summer 2021 with Dr. John  Neumeier in Montana State University. She designed, machined, and tested a sapphire dilatometric cell for measuring the thermal expansion of solids. She is continuing to work with Dr. Neumeier to further develop and test the cell throughout the fall. They are also working on writing an article describing their process and results. 

Nathaniel Bowden (B.S. Physics and B.A. Spanish '21): Nathaniel completed a SULI internship at Argonne National Lab on accelerator physics applications of machine learning

Michelle de Oliveira (B.S. Applied Physics ’21): Michelle started working in Spring 2020 on research in medical physics research with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on comparison of classifier performance in computer aided diagnosis of breast cancer using radiomic features extracted from DCE-MR images. Michelle presented her work at the 2021 meeting of SPIE: Medical Imaging. Michelle also participated in an REU at Ohio Wesleyan University on disease vector modeling and in the lab of Dr. Nate Thom at Wheaton College.

Austin Richardson (B.S. Applied Physics ‘21): Austin worked with Dr. Jim Schroeder over the summer of 2019 to build a high vacuum system for plasma physics research.

Michael Vieceli (B.S. Physics ’20): Michael worked from Fall 2018 through Spring 2020 on research in medical physics with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on repeatability of classification in computer aided diagnosis of breast cancer using radiomic features extracted from DCE-MR images. Michael presented his work at the 2019 meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the 2020 meeting of SPIE: Medical Imaging, as well as in a senior honors thesis.

Griffin Walker (B.S. Physics ‘19): Griffin participated in an REU at St. Mary's College of Maryland on Knot Theory.

Emily (Willson) Wenger (B.S. Mathematics and Physics ‘16): Emily worked in a mathematics internship with the Department of Defense developing analytical and statistical tools to solve a computer networking problem of national defense interest. She also worked with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on simulations of radiation damping in nuclear magnetic resonance, completing an honors thesis. Emily presented her work at the annual meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

John Ginn (B.S. Physics ‘15): John conducted research with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on radiation damping in nuclear magnetic resonance, including making semisolid samples for nuclear magnetic resonance and conducting experiments on them.

Daniel Flavin (B.S. Physics Secondary Education ‘14): Daniel conducted research with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on carotid artery imaging using ultrasound, working on making phantoms and analyzing data.

Andrew Keeler (B.S. Physics ‘13): Andrew conducted research with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on radiation damping in nuclear magnetic resonance.

Rebecca (Russ) McCordic (B.S. Physics ‘13): Rebecca conducted research with Dr. Heather M. Whitney on carotid artery imaging using ultrasound, working on making phantoms and analyzing data. Rebecca also worked in a research experience at Elmhurst College, where she worked with lasers and scanning devices to identify an optimal low-cost light diffraction imaging setup.