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2014 SPS Chapter Research Awards

Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor societyThe following six Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapters have received Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Awards to fund chapter research projects. The awards provide calendar year grants to support local chapter activities that are deemed imaginative and likely to contribute to the strengthening of the SPS program. The program is funded through income from the Sigma Pi Sigma Trust Endowment Fund.
Recipients: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 & Previous

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  Goucher College
 
Goucher College

Designing a Cloud Chamber for Academic and Outreach Purposes

mouseProposal | Interim Report

Abstract
The students of the Goucher College Physics and Astronomy Department plan to design and contruct a working cloud chamber. Through the project they will develop valuable scientific skills while creating a permanent piece of equipment to be used in the classrom and future outreach programs.

Principal Proposers: Alissa Murray, Phoebe Yeoh, Chloe Gooditis, Cody Nelson, Paul Meyer, & Renzo Villazon
Faculty Advisor: Sasha Dukan

 
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  Kettering University
 
Kettering University

Magnetic Microbubbles for Targeted Drug Release

Proposal

Abstract
We propose to synthesize and characterize magnetic microbubbles to examining their usefulness for targeted drug delivery. Using magnetic microbubbles as carriers, we will test how well drugs can be dispersed by means of ultrasound and hyperthermia.

Principal Proposer: Nicolaas Winter
Faculty Advisor: Ronald Kumon

 
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  Saint Peter's University
 
Saint Peter's University

Infrared Sensing of Oil Spill

mouseProposal | Interim Report

Abstract
An oil spill is a major environmental disaster, which is best if fully prevented or discovered early on. Infrared (IR) Technology is a new promising technology for detecting oil spills. IR has advantages over traditional methods because of the distinct thermal contrast between oil and water. While IR has been successfully employed at various instances, including the Deep Water Horizon Crisis, the technology has not yet fully matured. At Saint Peter's University, we intend to study, in detail, the thermal properties of oil–particularly the dependence of oil emissivity on layer thickness. This will allow us to make a volumetric estimation of the oil in a spill. In addition, we plan to employ fluorescence to investigate the spectral response of different oil samples. Numerical simulation will be done in addition to experimental investigation.

Principal Proposers: Prajwal Niraula, Sabin Pradhan, Edwin Young, Shaikat Haque, Valentina Osorio, & Samrat Shiwakoti
Faculty Advisor: WeiDong Zhu

 
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  Sonoma State University
 
Sonoma State University

Ground Station for Small Satellites

Proposal | Interim Report

Abstract
Students at Sonoma State University propose to construct a ground station to receive radio telemetry from small satellites such as SSU's MagPocketQube, currently due to launch in late November. At SSU, the ground station will be used for undergraduate training, research, and outreach and it can also serve other universities.

Principal Proposers: Kevin Zack, Aaron Owen, Hunter Mills, Cody Ray Johnson, Ben Cunningham, & Stephen Jackowski
Faculty Advisor: Hongtao Shi, Ph.D.

 
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  Tuskegee University
 
Tuskegee University

High-Throughput Synthesis and Characterization Studies of Novel Nanoscale Hydrogen Storage Systems

Proposal

Abstract
The objective of this SPS- ΣΠΣ undergraduate research award proposal is to investigate high-troughput synthesis and characterization of novel nanoscale hydrogen storage systems for stationary and mobile applications. In this proposed work, the synthesis procedures will be optimized by combinatorial methods of tailoring the composition and catalyst doping concentrations.

Principal Proposers: Timothy T. Powell, Leah Sanks, Lamont Henderson, Jeremiah Wilson, Gad Harry, & Samuel Morenikeji
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Sesha Srinivasan & Dr. P.C. Sharma

 
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  University of North Alabama
 
University of North Alabama

Lunar Impact Observing

Proposal | Interim Report

Abstract
The members of University of North Alabama's (UNA) Chapter of Society of Physics Students will use video camera recordings to observe meteor impacts on the lunar surface. This will, in part, support NASA's LADEE mission, which will be studying the lunar environment, and the Lunar Impact Monitoring Program.

Principal Proposer: Matthew Morgan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mel Blake

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