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April Meeting 2016

April 16 - 19, 2016 • Salt Lake City, Utah
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Name Institution Presentation
Hunter Gabbard University of Mississippi A low-latency Glitch Classification Algorithm Based in Waveform Morphology
Harry Krantz Colorado School of Mines Using Stars to Align a Steered Laser System for Cosmic Ray Simulation
Matthew Longo Metropolitan State University of Denver Developing of a Cryostat to Characterize Nano-scale Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices
Katrina Miller Duke University Advancements in Tracking Detector Technologies
Paul Nebres Fermilab/Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Shimming the Muon g-2 Magnet
Jovan Nelson Brown University A Computer Program to Measure the Energy Spread in the Fermilab Booster at Injection
Kevin Piaskowski Millersville University One-Dimensional Random Walks with one-Step Memory
Rosa Wallace University of Colorado Denver Thermal Stabilization in a High Vacuum Cryogenic Optical System



March Meeting 2016

March 14 - 18, 2016 • Baltimore, Maryland
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Name Institution Presentation
Margie Bruff North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Gravity Wave Disturbances in the F-Region Ionosphere Above Large Earthquakes
Daniel Clark Hope College Characterization of the Pseudocapacitive Nature of Surface Bound Prussian Blue Analogues
Joshua Dugre University of West Florida Development of a cost effective microscope heater stage
Rashad Farrakhan Lock Haven University Deposition of Highly Luminescent Zinc Tungstate Thin Films on Various Substrates
Samuel Girdzis The College of William and Mary Effects of Stress on Corrosion in a Molten Salt Environment
Ray Humienny Xavier University Alfven Wave Propagation in Young Stellar Systems
Grace Jesensky Seattle University A simple table-top experiment demonstrating mechanical oscillation of a macroscopic object driven by radiation pressure
Erin Jolley Ithaca College Optimizing Production of Superconducting Bulk YBCO Crystals: Effects of Initial Temperature and Growth Time
Shauna LeFebvre Union College Making Physics Fun: The 2015 Science Outreach Catalyst Kit
Angela Ludvigsen University of Wisconsin River Falls Whispering Gallery Modes Used to Determine the Changing Size of Levitated Aerosol Droplets in a Fluctuating Optical Trap
Casey Morean Lock Haven University Local density of states measurements via STM and TS on clean fresh cleaved HOPG and Gold thin films on HOPG under ambient conditions
Joseph Newman Augusta University Coexistence of anti-ferromagnetism and anisotropic superconductivity in iron pnictides
Alexander Price Augusta University Spin wave Feynman diagram vertex computation package
Jair Robinson University of South Florida High Q-factor Surface Plasmon-Polariton Resonance in a Plasmonic Perfect Absorber in the Terahertz Regime
Pablo Sepulveda University of Puerto Rico - Humacao Electrical response of monolayer MoS2 to vapors of aliphatic alcohols
Vince Shaw Xavier University Simulation of the Effects of Cooling Techniques on Turbine Blade Heat Transfer
Krishma Singal Georgia Institute of Technology Guiding brine shrimp through mazes by solving reaction diffusion equations
CurtisLee Thornton Augusta University A MATLAB GUI to study Ising model phase transition
Ilona Tsuper Cleveland State University Deducing Shape of Anisotropic Particles in Solution from Light Scattering: Spindles and Nanorods
Zachariah Vicars University of Tennessee Knoxville Charge Transport and Stuctural Dynamics in Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids
Evelyn Vila Baker University Optimization of Fe3O4 Nanoparticle Synthesis
Alexandra Vlk Towon University Anion Photoelectron Spectroscopy of the Homogenous 2-Hydroxypyridine Dimer Electron Induced Proton Transfer System
Erik Vyhmeister Andrews University Lattice thermal conductance of quantum wires with disorder
Kareem Wahid University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Doped Lanthanum Hafnates as Scintillating Materials for High-Energy Photon Detection



April Meeting 2015

April 11 - 14, 2015 • Baltimore, Maryland
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Name Institution Presentation
Remmi Baker
Millikin University
Sonochemical Synthesis and Magnetic Imaging of Hollow-Shell Iron-Platinum Nanoparticles
Edward Callaghan
Drexel University
Cosmic Ray Induced Bit-Flipping Experiment
Hannah Glaser
Northern Virginia Community College
Lifetime of Cosmic-Ray Muons and the Standard Model of Fundamental Particles
Rachel Hyneman
College of William & Mary
Near-field effects in radio-frequency emission from particle showers in a dense medium
Jessica Muenkel
Siena College
CMS Made Simple: A ROOT-less workflow for educating undergraduates about CMS data analysis
Srividya Murthy
George Washington University
Macroscopic Velocity Amplification in Stacked Disks
Matthew Parsons
Drexel University
Neoclassical bootstrap current models for describing NSTX plasmas
Ryan Petersburg
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Electromagnet Design for an Experimental Search for CP Violation in Positronium Decay
Melanie Rehfuss
Temple University
Optimizing UV-glass multi-anode PMTs with a p-Terphenyl wavelength shifter
Rhys Taus
Loyola Marymount University
Relativistic orbits in a generalized uncertainty principle spacetime

March Meeting 2015

March 2 - 6, 2015 • San Antonio, Texas
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Name Institution Presentation
Eli Adler
Ithaca College
Analysis of layer-by-layer thin-film oxide growth using RHEED and Atomic Force Microscopy
Janae Bradley
University of Missouri Columbia
Systematic Studies of Phase Transitions in Thermo-Responsive Polymers Used in Targeted Drug Delivery
James Bufkin
Angelo State University
Simulation of Planetary Formation using Python
Thaddeus Cox
Linfield College
Capacitance measurements of defects in solar cells: checking the model assumptions (he was co-presenting with Justin Davis).
Justin Davis
Linfield College
Capacitance measurements of defects in solar cells: checking the model assumptions
Derek Fogel
Wake Forest University
Monitoring Residual Solvent Additives and Their Effects in Solution Processed Solar Cells
Donovan Herbert
Xavier University
Effects of Turbulence on Cosmic Ray Propagation in Protostar Systems
Erik Lee
Iowa State University
Determination of stimulation focality in heterogeneous head models during transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Daniel Lin
Oregon State University
A Novel Method of Line Detection using Image Integration Method
Angela Ludvigsen
University of Wisconsin River Falls
Exploration of Whispering Gallery Modes in an Optically Trapped Aerosol Droplet
Rachel Owen
Western Washington University
Electromagnetic cavities as an analog to chaos regularization of quantum tunneling rates
Joanna Perido
University of Texas at San Antonio
Porphyrin Induced Laser Deactivation of Trypsinogen-Trypsin Conversion
Kelby Peterson
Utah State University
Detergent Stabilized Nanopore Formation Kinetics of an Anthrax Protein
Charles Rackson
Seattle University
Capacitively-coupled differential position detection in the development of a high-sensitivity torsion balance
Alexander Schachtner
University of Oregon
Solution Processed Polymeric Semiconductors for Carbon Nanotube-Enabled, Vertical, Organic Field Effect Transistors
Connor Shea
Ithaca College
The Characteristic Phase Transitions of Co-doped BaFe2As2 Synthesized via Flux Growth


March Meeting 2014

March 3 - 4, 2014 • Denver, Colorado
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March Meeting Presentation Winners
Name Institution Presentation
Gregory Gallagher
Indiana State University
How They (Should Have) Built the Pyramids
Deborah Good
Colorado School of Mines
Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics, Tunnelling, and Classical Gravity
Steven Hackenberg
Colorado School of Mines
Aiming lasers into the sky from the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory at astrophysical objects of interest
James Ham
Colorado School of Mines
Simulating FinFET Self-Heating for Device Reliability
Salman Kahn
University of California Berkeley
Photo-induced Modulation Doping in Graphene/Boron Nitride Heterostructures
Laura Kaiser
Xavier University
Fluid Manipulation Utilizing Electrowetting Techniques
Inna Kirilyuk
Mary Baldwin College
Low-cost Flexible Memristor Fabrication
David Martin
Wheaton College
Simulations of MHD Dynamo With and Without the Reversal Surface
Samuel Migirditch
Appalachian State University
Analysis Methods for Frequency Resolved Florescence Anisotropy Studies
Constance Owens
Houston Baptist University
Effects of added dopants on various triboluminescent properties of europium dibenzoylmethide triethylammonium (EuD4TEA)
Constance Owens
Houston Baptist University
Potential Wells and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle
Marie Pahlmeyer
Seattle University
Scanning capacitance microscopy using a relaxation oscillator
Madison Perry
California State University, San Marcos
 Characterization of universal dielectric response and negative capacitance in compressed nanopowders
Shannon Petersen
Allegheny College
Characterizing the Effect of Surface Hydrophobicity on Depletion Layer
Han Sae Jung
UC Berkeley
Direct CVD Growth of Monolayer Graphene on Exfoliated BN on SiO2
Alexander Schachtner
University of Oregon
Silicon Nitride Diffraction Gratings On Platinum TEM Apertures
Ashlyn Shellito
Northern Illinois University
 Mu2e Extinction Monitor Testing at Fermilab
Hannah Shuman
Cleveland State University
Characterization of Mixed Polypeptide Colloidal Particles by Light Scattering
Yura Sim
Linfield College
Self-organized criticality of protein folding simulations using AMBER parameters
Tracy Stevenson
University of Florida
Synthesis and characterization of the physical properties of RE3TiSb5 (RE = La, Ce) 
Michelle Storms
Ohio Wesleyan University
Entanglement in ground and excited states of gapped fermion systems and their relationship with fermi surface and thermodynamic equilibrium properties 
Phong Vo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Effect of Nonlinearity on Topological States in Quasiperiodic Lattices

April Meeting 2014

April 5 - 6, 2014 • Savannah, Georgia
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March Meeting 2013

March 18 - 19, 2013 • Baltimore Maryland
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March Meeting Presentation Winners
Name Institution Presentation
Amina Belkadi
Khalifa University
Spin Noise Spectroscopy and Some Design Constraints on Spintronics Devices
Ian Bentley
Xavier University
Developing a Novel, Interdisciplinary Approach to Study Protein Unfolding
Shouvik Bhattacharya
Minnesota State University Morehead
Estimating the Distance and Metallicity of an RR Lyrae Star
Matt Bovyn
Northern Arizona University
Driving Sodium-Potassium Pumps With An Oscillating Electric Field: Effects On Muscle Recovery In The Human Biceps Brachii
Arthur Bowman
Hope College
Modeling Plasma Formation in a Micro-gap at Microwave Frequency
Chance Brown
East Tennessee State University
Development of Embedded Atom Potential for Aluminum for Simulation of Materials at extreme conditions
Melinda Cartolano
Wheaton College
Exploring the variability of ion heating at reconnection events in MST
Benjamin Cerjan
Carleton College
Complex Refractive Index Structures in a Holographic Photopolymer Optimized for Optofluidic Devices
Timothy Clark
University of West Florida
Construction and Characterization of a Nanosecond Nd:YAG Laser Pumped Distributed Feedback Dye Laser Generating Picosecond Pulses
Trinidy Combs
Oberlin College
Synthesis and characterization of iron platinum magnetic nanoparticles with controlled morphology and size
Daniel Craft
Brigham Young University
Studies of electron spin in GaAs quantum dots
Samuel Cupp
Austin Peay State University
The Angular Momentum Flux in the Scalar Self-Force Problem
Timothy Findling
University of Central Florida
Structure and dynamics of Au/Fe nano-structures: results of molecular dynamics simulation
Albert Foster
Lock Haven University
SAM surface domains of 6-Amino-1-hexanethiol hydrochloride and 1-dodecanethiol mixtures on Au(111) investigated via hydrophilic and hydrophobic probes
Ryan Fukuda
California State University - Fresno
Reverse Micelle Synthesis of Gadolinium Nanoparticlesbr>
Caleb Glaser
Lock Haven University
Structural Properties of Gold Thin Films Deposited on Technologically Important Substrates by Magnetron Sputtering
Christopher Green
Lock Haven University
Electrical characterization of polymer solar cells
Simeon Hanks
Augusta State University
High temperature series expansion and the exact solution study of the 1/5 depleted square lattice Ising model
Jason Huynh
University of Delaware
Iron-Platinum Nanoparticles Dispersible in Aqueous Solutions
Bingqing Li
Bryn Mawr College
Study of Thermal Conductivity of Si Nanowires with micro-Raman Spectroscopy
Sumit Libi
Southeastern Louisiana University
Zeta Potential Measurements of Glyoxalated Polyacrylamide (GPAM) Resins
Nickolas Luttrell
University of Tennessee
Growth and Characterization of Mn-doped NaFeAs
Samantha MacIntyre
University of California Davis
Effects of Sputtering Energy on Surface Defect Formation on Ge(110)
Donovan Myers
Louisiana State University
Magnetic Properties of Quasi-One-Dimensional Ca3LiRuO6 and CaFe4As3
Christopher Rotella
Rowan University
Properties of Ti8C5 thin films created at different temperatures using magnetron sputtering
Zachary Sims
University of Tennessee
Growth and Characterization of Na-doped KFeAs
J.F. Stormes
Dickinson College
Intrinsic Localized Modes in nonlinear two-dimensional electrical lattices
Liam Timms
Dickinson College
Synchronization in a network of phase-coupled oscillators: the role of learning and time delay

April Meeting 2013

April 13 - 14, 2013 • Denver, Colorado
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April Meeting Presentation Winners
Name Institution Presentation
Alexey Drobizhev
University of California, Berkeley
Low-temperature thermal conductivity measurements of Al2O3 ceramic for use in bolometric particle detector
Christiana Erba
University of Rochester
Toy Monte Carlo Simulations Mirroring K-Long Decay, as Studied by the K0TO Experiment
Joseph Jensen
Utah State University
Resolving Ionospheric E-region Modeling Challenges: The Solar Photon Flux Dependence
Didier Muvandimwe
Hendrix College
Synoptic Displays for HBESL and the Laser Lab System
Jorge Palos-Chavez
University of Texas San Antonio
Binding and Irradition Study of the Porphyrin-Protein Complex TSPP-HAS
Rosanna Ramos and Marcus Wade
Hartnell College
Towards Implementing Multi-Pixel Photon Counters as Light Detectors for Cosmic Rays
Erik Urban
Hendrix College
Monte Carlo Studies of the Hall C Compton Polarimeter


March Meeting 2012

February 27 - February 28, 2012 • Boston, Massachusetts
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April Meeting 2012

March 31 - April 1, 2012 • Atlanta, Georgia
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March Meeting 2011

March 21 - March 22, 2011 • Dallas, Texas
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March Meeting Presentation Winners
Name Institution Presentation
Nyles Breecher Hamline University   Exploring a Parasite-Host Model with Monte Carlo Simulations
Cortney Bougher
Appalachian State University
Growth and Morphology of High Mobility Organic Semiconductors
Katherine Carrasquillo Univ. of Puerto Rico-Humacao  Tunable Schottky diodes fabricated from electrospun crossed SNO2/PEDOT-PSSA nanoribbons
Eric Driscoll
Lock Haven University of PA
Compositional dependence of the narrow band emission from zinc oxide nanowires
Erik Garcell
University of Florida-Gainesville
Characterization of a MEMS Actuator through Simulation
Udai Garimella
Hendrix College
The Optimization and Implementation of the Qweak Database
Michael Garman
Goucher College
Thermal Conductivity of a two-gap superconductor MgB2 in High Magnetic Field and Low Temperatures
Adam Iaizzi
Ithaca College
An Ab-initio Study of Folded Armchair Graphene Nanoribbons
Verida Leandre
North Carolina AT SU
The 11C Project: Measurement of Root Exudation at Elevated CO2 Levels in Low and High Nutrient Solutions
Catherine Lee
Wellesley College
Effects of Interactions on Interference Pattern formed after release and expansion of two identical Bose-Einstein condensates
Anne Moffitt
Texas Christian University
Drug Loading of Mesoporous Silicon
Maritza Reyna
Univ. of Puerto Rico-Humacao
Low Temperature Study of the Electrical Properties of Sb-SnO2 Nanofibers
Emilee Sena
Santa Clara University
UV-vis and Transport Characterization of Degradation in Polymer Blend Photovoltaics
Yichen Shen
Johns Hopkins University
Emergent magnetic monopoles and their dynamics in Artificial Spin Ice
Amy Van Newkirk
Grove City College
Designing an Optical Dipole Trap for the Creation of Bose-Einstein Condensates

April Meeting 2011

April 30 - May 1, 2011 • Anaheim, California
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March Meeting 2010

March 15 - March 16, 2010 • Portland, Oregon
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April Meeting 2010

February 14 - February 15, 2010 • Washington, D.C.
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April Meeting 2009

May 2 - May 3, 2009 • Denver, Colorado

April Meeting Presentation Winners
Name Institution Presentation
Robert Anthony Ohio Wesleyan University Toward a Study of Synchronization in Quantum Mechanical Josephson Junction Arrays
Sedona Price Caltech Simulating Background Radiation to Establish NuSTAR Detection Limits
Benjamin Ray CDF/FNAL Search for a Fermiophobic Higgs Boson Decaying into Diphotons at CDF
Dominick Rocco University of Wisconsin - Madison Seasonal Variations of the Atmospheric Muon Flux in IceCube
Mallory Young Hendrix College Neutrino-Stimulated Pair-Creation in Supernovae
Jessica Snyder University of Kansas Measuring neutron flow with an upgrade of the CMS Zero Degree Calorimeter
D.C. Stoken Ursinus College One Neutron Knockout from 45Cl
Dennis Gardner University of Colorado at Boulder Nanoparticle Self-Assembly in the Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Blue Phase


April Meeting 2008

April 14, 2008 • St. Louis, Missouri

April Meeting Presentation Winners
Name Institution Presentation

Adam Jacobs

Hendrix College Using a Large Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) to Understand the Torsional Components of Near-Field Seismic Events
Mary Williams University of North Alabama Whispering-Gallery-Mode Resonances in Flourescent Microspheres
Nathan Brewer Union University Probing the Unusual Thresholds of AlH+/AlD+ formation by Molecular Dynamic Simulations on MRCI Potential Energy Surfaces
Laura Stiles University of Kansas Search for QCD Hawking Radiation in Heavy Ion Collisions
Yun Kyoung Ryu Ohio Wesleyan University SPS Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research Talk: Lifetime Measurements and Deformation in 79 Sr
Gabriel Caceres Augustana College CDMS Veto Stability Study and Calibration
Jessica Hanzlik The Ohio State University Improving the Higgs Mass Resolution by Using a Neural Network to Make Jet Corrections in the ZH -> l+l-bb Channel
Doug Schaefer The Ohio State University Resolving the Higgs

Lindsey Perry

The Ohio State University

Understanding Charged Particle Backgrounds for GLAST

Andrew Schenk Millikin University Improving Campus Security with Increased Lighting Efficiency while Simultaneously Reducing Light Pollution

Adam Jakus Georgia Institute of Technology Modeling and Simulation of the Impact Response of Filled and Unfilled Linear Cellular Alloys for Structural Energetic Material Applications
Robert Mentzer Millikin University Measuring Coefficients of Friction for Materials Commonly Used in Theatre