At Rollins the emphasis is always on the student. In keeping with this emphasis, the Physics Department encourages all of its students to participate in the Rollins College Student-Faculty Summer Scholarship Program. This program is supported by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the sole purpose of involving students in a close collaboration with faculty. Students in this program are given a room on campus and a stipend while working with a faculty mentor during the summer months. Students become eligible to participate after their freshman year, and all students interested in majoring in physics or pre-engineering are eligible.
We are now in our eighth year of summer research. This year we have four physics majors in the group working on the physics of electric guitars, banjos, trumpets, and cymbals. We also have a visiting graduate student from LeMans, France and the physics teacher from Haggerty High School working in the lab. It is crowded, but a lot of exciting things are happening. Follow this link to see pictures of our ongoing research 2007 Summer Research Scholars.
We finished our seventh year of summer research in 2006 with three physics majors working in the group along with one incoming first-year student. Follow this link to see pictures of the 2006 Summer Research Scholars.
This year we have four physics majors in the group and one incoming first-year student. Follow this link to see pictures of our ongoing research 2005 Summer Research Scholars.
We have just finished our fifth year of summer research. This year we had six physics majors in the group and one post-graduate researcher. We will update the page soon to describe our most recent work, but for now click here to see pictures of the 2004 Summer Research Scholars.
Eight students were involved in research during the summer of 2003. Seven students worked on three different projects involving musical acoustics and one worked with the Department of Psychology on a project involving temperature effects on rats. Several students presented their work at the National Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in January 2004. One of the students, Brad Deutsch, won the National Outstanding Student Research Award from the Society of Physics Students and presented his work at the International Conference of Physics Students in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro. Click here to see pictures of our 2003 Summer Research Scholars.
Five students participated in departmental research during the Summer of 2002. Two students continued to work on the physics of trumpet bells while three students performed electronic speckle pattern interferometry and acoustic spectral analysis on elephant bells as part of a collaboration with the University of Loughborough in England. Their work was presented at the Stockholm Musical Acoustics Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Click here to see pictures of our 2002 Summer Research Scholars.
During the Summer of 2001 seven students and a local high school teacher participated in the program. The students presented their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, which was held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in April 2002. Click here to see some pictures of our 2001 Summer Research Scholars.
In 2000 the Physics Department started its student research effort with six students participating. The students designed, built and performed experiments in musical acoustics, and during the academic year they participated in writing articles for publication in professional scientific journals. The students also presented their work at the Annual Meeting of the South Eastern Section of the American Physical Society in Starkville, Mississippi. Click here to see some pictures of our 2000 Summer Research Scholars.