Physics & Astronomy Department

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:00 PM
Sigma Xi Research Symposium
Crawley Forum
Contact Kristian Hargadon, phone 223-6261


Robert Harriss '16 Teaches in Miami College Readiness ProgramRobert Harriss '16 Teaches in Miami College Readiness Program
In order to gain hands-on experience, Robert Harriss '16 worked as a teacher this summer in Miami. This opportunity was provided by Breakthrough Collaborative, an organization devoted to sending high-potential students from underserved backgrounds to college. Harriss instructed rising ninth graders from low-income neighborhoods. A major in biology and physics, Harriss taught courses in math and science and developed an elective on the tenets of leadership. Full Story...


Students Bring Supercomputing to H-SCStudents Bring Supercomputing to H-SC
This summer, two students will conduct research projects involving building and enhancing access to parallel computer systems at Hampden Sydney College. The initiative marks a significant advancement for the computer science department and a great opportunity for students interested in this field of study. Linh Nguyen '16, majoring in physics and applied math, received a $5,000 year-long grant from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Working in conjunction with Linh, Samuel Sheffield '17, will spend nine weeks this summer building an 8-node Parallella-Cluster. Full Story...


Relative to enrollment, Hampden-Sydney College educates a large share of the nation's industrial, research, and teaching physicists. This is not by accident; the faculty, innovative in their teaching and active in research, teaches in modern, state-of-the-art facilities housing equipment not typically found in an undergraduate college. Students can work with faculty members specializing in astronomy, astrophysics, superconductivity, physical acoustics, condensed matter, nuclear physics, digital electronics, and computational physics. Hampden-Sydney boasts its own astronomical observatory housing a fully automated, research-grade, computerized reflecting telescope - one of the finest small-college facilities of its kind in the country.