Beyond the Classroom
The University of Evansville stresses the value of real-world experience in helping students prepare for their future careers and educational goals. Internship placements are available at the Chancellor Center for Oncology and the Evansville Cancer Center for students interested in medical physics.
Undergraduate research has been an integral part of the UE Department of Physics since the 1980s. Funds are available to students for conference travel to present research findings. It is the department's belief that participating in undergraduate research will give students better insights into current fields of study in physics and will provide a solid stepping stone for going to graduate school.
The University of Evansville supports undergraduate research through the competitive UExplore Undergraduate Research Program offering grants to support projects.
REU Experiences through the National Science Foundation (NSF)
The NSF is the primary organization responsible for the coordination and funding of the various Research Experience for Undergraduates programs. Many experiences are available for 5-10 weeks in the summer. Most physics majors take advantage of the REU experience. Visit the National Science Foundation's website for more information.
Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one as research assistants with our faculty. Below are just a few examples of what research occurs at UE:
Dr. Stamm in Biophysics: Professor Stamm's research is in protein structure and dynamics. Stamm is currently studying the structure and interactions of a cardiac muscle protein, phospholamban. Phospholamban is the key regulator of muscle relaxation in the heart and is thus a crucial target for therapeutic agents aimed at treating heart failure. Stamm has developed methods for producing and purifying large amounts of phospholamban, a necessary step for studying its molecular structure. High-resolution experiments involving electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques are being used to test and refine atomic level models of phospholamban's molecular interactions. Deep insight into this important clinical question is gained when these experimental results are coupled with modern computer simulations. While integration with Computational Physics (Phys 340) is clear, this research is primarily applied to the interdisciplinary course in Biological Physics (Phys 322). Research involving molecular dynamics experiments and simulations accentuates the principles mastered in this and complementary courses in each of the natural sciences and leads to a wide variety of possible student projects.
Dr. Angela Reisetter in Astrophysics: Dr. Reisetter’s research is in particle astrophysics, especially particles that make up dark matter. Dr. Reisetter has worked on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search located in the deep underground of the Soudan Mine in northern Minnesota.
Dr. Jeffrey Braun in Quantum Physics: Dr. Braun is initiating a new area of experimental investigations in the quantum behavior of correlated photons. Quantum entanglement, bi-photon behavior, and non-locality all play a role in this exciting new area. Using parametric down-conversion, deep-blue photons from a laser are split into a pair of near-IR photons. These photons are correlated with each other, and the quantum mechanical state of one photon can be affected by measurements made on the other photon, even at a large distance.