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Undergrad student Helen Cothrel does research in a laser lab.

Physics-related degrees prepare students for careers in scientific research, so the best internship opportunities for students involve research experiences.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy has opportunities (See Undergraduate Research) for undergraduates to do research with Ohio University faculty. The Undergraduate Research page also describes external research experiences that students can apply for at other Universities or at National Laboratories.

Physics & Astronomy 2016 Summer Interns


Physics & Astronomy 2015 Summer Interns


  • Ari Blumer “Growth of 2-dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides”
  • Zak Blumer “Solar Water Heater”
  • Max Camp “Assembly of CLAS12 Forward Tagger Calorimeter in Genoa, Italy”
  • Justin Courtright “Building an Arduino-Based Tuning Fork With an Atomic Force Microscope”
  • Andrew Dewald “Sensitivity Analysis of Wendelstein 7-X Plasma Confinement by Ion Temperature Gradient Turbulence Modeling”
  • Miguel Gomez “Spectroscopy of a Young Type II Supernova”
  • Erin Grimes “Trying to Steer the Accelerator Beam Into the Air by Focusing It Through a Millimeter Hole”
  • Cates Harman “Study of Jet Particle Correlations in He+Au Collisions at RHIC”
  • Benjamin Hirt “Design and Application of Magnetic Halbach Arrays”
  • Michael Jaramillo “Positional Covariance in Multi-Wavelenth Astronomy”
  • Miles Lindquist “Photolithography for Micron-Scale Device Fabrication”
  • David Overton “An Indirect Way to Study 18F(p,alpha)15) in Novae”
  • Gabriel Reineck “Understanding How Cosmological Parameters Affect the Observations”
  • Sara Sand “Understanding Electronic Properties of Titanium Dioxide”
  • Heath Scherich “Computer Simulation and Analysis of Silicon Clusters”
  • John Theibert “Simulation of a Pion Trigger for the DVCS Experiment at JLab”
  • Jacob Williamson “Burning Out Swiftly: SN 2005da and Its Curious Nature”
  • Yonry Zhu “Design and Setup of a Pulsed Laser Deposition System”


Physics & Astronomy 2014 Summer Interns


  • Peter Andrews “The Relationship Between Annealing Temperature and Size of Nuclei in Phase Change Memory Materials”
  • Max Camp “Data Analysis in the Search for the Pentaquark”
  • Alex Carroll “Re-evaluating the Thermonuclear Reaction Rate for the 18F(p,alpha)15O Reaction”
  • Helen Cothrel - “Analyzing Summertime Ozone Measurements in the Colorado Front Range”
  • Justin Courtright “Making with Microcontrollers”
  • Ryan Goetz "Improving cluster mass measurement techniques with cosmological simulations"
  • Miguel Gomez “The pion cloud and motion of sub-atomic particles”
  • Erin Grimes "Building an optics model to examine works of art and nature”
  • Taylor Grueser “A Calorimetric Study of the Metal Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon”
  • Jacob Hartman “Video Microscopic Analysis for Determination of Cancer Cell Mechanical Properties”
  • Kylie Holmes “Detecting More Pion”
  • Natalie Klco “Two Studies in Europe: Testing LED Calibration of the Forward Tagger for CLAS12, Genoa, Italy” and Helping to Test and Document a New Style of Detector at CEA/Saclay, France”
  • Hunter Lawson “Sputter Epitaxy of LaMnO3 on SrTiO3”
  • Miles Lindquist “Simulating a Realistic GRETINA”
  • David Overton “Determining the Feasibility of Measurements of the 19F(p,n)19Ne* Reaction”
  • Robert Radloff “Detecting Photons Another Way”
  • Thomas ‘Tad’ Riley “Getting to Know the Atomic Force Microscope and Its Uses”
  • Sara Sand “Building Stirling Engines”
  • Samantha Thrush “Welcome to LIGO, a World-Class Observatory”
  • Chris Wolfe “Developing a Photolithography Procedure to Produce Micron Scale Metallic Devices”
  • Yonry Zhu “Assembling a Pulsed Laser Deposition System to Allow for Tandem MBE/PLD Sample Synthesis”

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