Senior Research Projects

Titles of recent undergraduate theses based on two-semester research projects.


Caitlin Beattie
Effect of shear on chiral nematic ordering in cellulose nanocrystal suspensions (Urbach)

M. Isabel Binamira
Charge transfer and exciton formation in transition metal dichalcogenides (Barbara)

Thomas Kiely
Quantum Simulators with Trapped Ions: Two Examples (Freericks)

Alexander Morales-Sanz
Characterization by Bulk Rheology of a Novel Fibroin/Alginate Hydrogel (Urbach)

Brian Piatigorski
Fluid flow fields in the hydrodynamic attachment of Giardia lamblia to grooved substrates (Urbach, Elmendorf)

Patrick Soltis
Effect of bending rigidity on gel mechanical response (Del Gado)

Christian Stiker
Detection of Pre-Nucleation Clusters in a Organic Solution of Fluorophores using Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (Van Keuren)

Max Waxman
Exploring the applications of statistical mechanics within the spatiotemporal chaos of the 1D complex Ginzburg-Landau equation (Egolf)


Caswell Bennett
Characterizing Mixing Efficiency in 3D Printed Vortex Mixers for Nanoprecipitation (Van Keuren)

Elizabeth Borowiec
Disrupting Protein-Protein Interaction Networks in Ewing Sarcoma (Toretsky (GUMC), Blair)

Nicholas Chapman
Algorithms for Efficient, Real-time Particle Identification (Rubin (GMU), Egolf)

Steve Devere
A Class Mascot's Effect on Student Learning (Elmendorf, Anderson) 

Shuyang (Harry ) Han
Two Dimensional Coulomb Crystals in Oblate Paul Trap (Freericks)

Clare Kelly
Microrheological Studies of Viscous Fluids and Chiral Nematic Suspensions of Cellulose Nanocrystal (Urbach)

Emeline Kong
Synthesis and Characterization of Miscible Polymer Blend Nanoparticles (Van Keuren)

Heraclitos (Max) Lefcochilos-Fogelquist
Substrate Effect on the Formation of Charge Density Wave Phase in Single-Layer 1H-TaS2 (Liu)

Jon O’Neill
Optimizing Electrospun Piezoelectric Polymers (Paranjape)

Nicholas Quirk
Challenges in Developing Graphene Terahertz Detectors and Emitters by Photolithography (Barbara)


Christa Choy
Formation of Polymer Blend Nanoparticles via the Nanoprecipitation Method (Van Keuren)

Dylan Cutler
Developing JavaScript Applications to Teach Quantum Mechanics to Non-Scientist (Freericks)

Andrew Green
DVB & BMEP Nanoparticle Mechanical Properties (Van Keuren)

Daniel McCusker
Investigating the Electrical Properties of the Organic Charge Carrier PTZ:TCNQ (Van Keuren)

Patrick Stocklin
Applications of Image-Analysis & Canny Edge Detection in Manganese-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Van Keuren)

Chris Tiede
Densification and Gelation of Calcium-Silicate- Hydrates in the Presence of Spatial Gradients (Del Gado)

Jack Treado
Phase Separation of Proteins and RNA in the Cell Nucleus (Olmsted)

Thomas Voreyer
The Study of the Relationship of Crystalline Growth and Solvent Use (Van Keuren)


Lindsey Allcock
Encouraging student ownership of learning in early physics education (Blair, Elmendorf)

R. Nick Baker
Dry spinning of PMMA and PGS: Applications for retinal stem cell implantation (Paranjape)

William Duncan
Physical properties of hydrophilic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) (Paranjape)

Daniel Dylewsky
An exact analytical treatment for spin squeezing of phonon-coupled Ising spins in an ion trap (Freericks)

John Kerin
Effects of finite temperature on the restructuring dynamics of a model colloidal gel network under oscillatory shear (Del Gado)

Luke Marrinan
Investigation of the diffusion properties of tetracene-TCNQ particles by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (Van Keuren)

James McGinnis
Fabrication of piezoelectric nanogenerators using electrospun PVDF (Paranjape)

Andrew Stromberg
A quantification of total internal reflection microscopy and its applications in cell biology (Urbach)

Alexander Zajac
Stability and electronic properties of two-dimensional molybdenum-disulfide-based alloys (Liu)
Trends in self-reported confidence in early high-school physics (Blair, Elmendorf)


Michael Berardo
Fabrication of a Glucose Oxidase/Polypyrrole and Palladium Two-Electrode System for Sensing Glucose (Paranjape)

Helen DeCelles-Zwerneman
Creating Suspensions of Flagella of the Salmonella typhimurium Bacteria (Urbach)

Jana Dodson
Nematic Order on Curved Liquid Crystal Surfaces (Blair)

Alexander Fragapane
Polarity Control as a Function of Atomic Layer Number in MoS2 Field Effect Transistors with Palladium Contacts (Barbara)

Michael McAneny
The Effects of Anharmonic Couplings and Defects on the Normal Modes and Spin-Spin Interactions of Trapped Ions (Freericks)

Dionysios Koroulakis
Quantified Response of PDMS to Cyclic Applied Stress (Blair)


Jennifer Brown
Parametric excitations of lattice hard-core bosons in a time-dependent harmonic trap (Rigol)

George Burton
Characterization of organic nanocrystal charge transfer complexes and their application in optical and electronic devices (Van Keuren)

Clark Esty
Finding equilibrium statistical mechanics in spatiotemporal chaos (Egolf)

Matthew Joseloff
The behavior of colloidal rods at the oil-water interface (Blair)

Andrew Jreissaty
Quantum distillation and trapping in the two-dimensional Bose-Hubbard model (Rigol)

Brian Rost
Behavior of ideal rigid helices in shear flow (Urbach)


Christopher Ballard
Explorations of the statistical mechanics of spatiotemporal chaos in the 1D complex Ginzburg-Landau equation (Egolf)

Tristan Deppe
Layered MoS2 field-effect transistors (Barbara, Paranjape)

Dana Mastropole
Design, fabrication, and testing of solid state flexible micro-electrode arrays for the study of hypoxia induced seizure, traumatic headaches, and electrical mapping of nervous brain activity in ambulatory rats (Currie)

William Starshak
Collagen network response to applied cyclic stress (Blair)