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PH403 THESIS, The writing-intensive course (WIC) for physics majors.

Overview: All students majoring in Physics or in Computational Physics are required to complete a senior thesis. The thesis can be based on experimental work in a laboratory, computational work using workstations or supercomputers, or theoretical work with paper and pen. The ability to conduct research and to disseminate the results is the hallmark of a scientist. Research results need validation, so they are shared with the community in order to be criticized, verified, and expanded upon. The written form is the most important because it is a permanent record, and allows other researchers to carefully examine the details of the work. It is therefore our philosophy to connect the senior research project and thesis with the University’s WIC requirement. Each year, a WIC Culture of Writing award is made. The senior thesis also serves to fulfill the Honors College thesis requirement, and the "Undergraduate Research Fellow" transcript notation. Students participate in a departmental mini-conference at the end of spring term to give oral presentations of their work.
Some of the students who presented their thesis work on June 14, 2007


Presentation on June 12, 2008

Freshman, sophomore year: Look for research opportunities, begin research if possible; attend informational presentation in Paradigms class on last Thursday of fall term (Th 12-2 pm in Weniger 304), attend senior presentations at the mini-conference in finals week of Spring term

Junior year: Research projects underway, attend informational presentation in Paradigms class on last Thursday of fall term (Th 12-2 pm in Weniger 304), attend senior presentations at the mini-conference in finals week of Spring term

Senior year (or final year of 5-year program): Continue research, enroll in Ph403 for 1 unit in each of Fall, Winter, Spring. Complete thesis, give oral presentation in finals week of spring term.

Research: Research projects are usually under the supervision of a Physics Department faculty member, but physics-related research projects with faculty supervisors from other departments are common. In either case, register for PH401 (Research). Off-campus internships or REU projects (Research Experience for Undergraduates) are excellent avenues for conducting research. If you exercise this option, arrange to have a faculty member be a local mentor. Students should begin their research early, using freshman and sophomore years to find research opportunities. Visit faculty members in their offices, browse their websites, talk to other students in the department, look at lists of former projects, attend presentations in the department to find out what type of research would be interesting to you. Find out about internships and summer research opportunities on and off campus. Organize meetings through SPS to educate yourselves about possibilities, invite faculty to speak about their work. You will gain the most from your research experience if it is sustained over a longer period, but you should plan to be working on a project no later than the winter of your junior year. Previous senior thesis projects are listed below.
OSU thesis WIC guidelines
NSF REU sites
Physics Department Research page
College of Science SURE-Science awards (summer research $$)
OSU URISC program (summer and academic year $$)

Thesis: PH403 (Thesis) concerns the writing aspect of the research, and students enroll in 1 unit of PH403 in each of Fall, Winter and Spring of the senior year. You will need permission from the Physics office to register. These three total credits satisfy the OSU Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement of the OSU Baccalaureate Core requirement. (Engineering Physics majors satisfy the WIC requirement through their approved senior design project in their specific field of study in the College of Engineering). Students meet weekly as a group to write, critique, and revise their writing. They also discuss and write about issues relating to ethics, types of science writing, and logical presentation of ideas. In Winter and Spring, activities focus on the thesis itself, including significant time devoted to the writing and revision of the thesis. Steady progress and continual peer and advisor review are expected throughout. A typical thesis is about fifteen to twenty pages, or about 3,000 to 5,000 words. The goal is to have the thesis ready by week 8 of Spring term. After this, class time is devoted to preparing 10-minute oral presentations, the standard at physics conferences. In the final week of Spring term, there is a mini-conference where students give oral presentations on their projects to the department.

Questions? Talk to the PH403 instructor or head advisors. Scroll to the end of the page for answers to common questions about the WIC and the senior thesis.

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Fall 2015, Winter and Spring 2016
Mini-conference schedule, abstracts and biographies
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Griffin Alberti TBA Hatton
Katie Banowetz TBA Schofield
Connor Bice TBA Lazzati
Bret Brandner TBA Graham
James Compeau TBA Lee
Rafid Chowdhury TBA Jansen
Michael Goldtrap TBA Manogue
Sam Grimm TBA Graham
Job Guidos TBA Lazzati
Scott Kelley TBA Giebultowicz
Sam Kowash (Honors College) TBA Lazzati
Evan Peters (Honors College) TBA Schellman
Alexander Peterson TBA Graham
Jermemy Rath TBA Ostroverkhova
Chris Rosenow TBA Jansen
Josh Stahly TBA Tate
Greg Stevens TBA Minot
Brenden Vischer TBA Roundy
David Vollendroff TBA TBA

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Fall 2014, Winter and Spring 2015
Mini-conference schedule, abstracts and biographies
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
L Roy Bonner (Honors College) A magnetotelluric investigation of shallow conductivity sources beneath the Cascadia Volcanic Arc Schultz
Jacob Busche (Honors College) Optical Tweezers-Based Probe of Charge Transfer in Organic Semiconductors at Microscopic Scales Ostroverkhova
Lisa Fletcher Nucleation of Iron Dust from Type II Supernovae Lazzati
David Delaney A study of the graphite-diamond energy ground states and the phase transition pressure using density functional theory Roundy
Mitchel Elliott TBA Jansen
Scott Hutchings Observation of the Third Harmonic Sinusoidal Voltage Response of a Small Incandescent Lightbulb Tate
David Konyndyk Design of an Optical Medium for the Simulation of Neutron Transport in Reactor Component Materials Klein
Patrick Kreitzberg Monte Carlo Simulations for a Soft Sphere Fluid Roundy
Daniel Tzu-Yang Lin A Novel Method of Detecting Lines on a Noisy Image Sun
Dalton McCuen Complex Index of Refraction of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes in Strong Terahertz Fields Lee
Samuel McLain Leapfrog Integration as an Accurate and Uncomplicated Alternative for N-Body Simulations in Computational Astronomy Giebultowicz
Abigail Merkel Designing and Implementing a Portable Interface System for Field-Effect Transistor Biosensors Minot
Joshua Montegna Determining the Effective Entropy of a Visual Hash System Roundy
Joshua Mutch Temperature Dependence of Cu3-x(Sb1-yMy)S4 (M = Sn,Ge) Resistivity and Thermopower Tate
Bao Nguyen Computational Modeling of Photon Scattering In Gamma Ray Bursts Using Monte Carlo Techniques Lazzati
Rachael Nolan TBA Brookes
Blythe Nourie Computational Analysis of Spin Systems in Lattice Using the Heisenberg Model Jansen
Seamus O'Callaghan Single Molecule Studies of the Bidirectional Movement of Yeast Kinesin-5/Cin8 Qiu
Connor O'Driscoll Hyperspectral Fluorescence and 2-Photon Surface Imaging of “Graphene-like” Dichalcogenides Graham
Michael Perlin (Honors College) Optimizing Monte Carlo simulation of the square-well fluid Roundy
Alexander Poff Hall Effect in Semiconducting Thin Films Tate
Mitchell Senger Framework for Computational Modeling of Cellular Diffusion Systems Sun
Samuel Stephenson Hyperspectral Absorption and Fluorescence Surface Imaging Microscope Graham
Jayde Templin TBA Giebultowicz
Cameron Thayer-Freeman Comparison of a Persistent Random Walk to MDA-MB-231 Cancer Cell Chemo taxis through a 2.5D Collagen Matrix Sun
Austin Valeske (Honors College) Determining Free Energies of Hard Sphere Fluids via Monte Carlo Simulation Roundy
Blake Wells Bandgap measurements of nonspecular materials using a bifurcated fiber optic method of diffuse reflectance McIntyre

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Fall 2013, Winter and Spring 2014
Mini-conference schedule, abstracts and biographies
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Daniel Gluck High-Resolution Spectroscopy and Abundance Analysis of Very Metal Poor Red-Giant Stars Rhee
Michael Goldtrap TBA Manogue
Patrick Gollmann Fouling Prevention by Electrically Charged Thin Film Composite Forward Osmotic Membranes/a> Farr/Sun
Bradley Hermens Adaptive Choronagraphy Using a Digital Micromirror Array Hetherington
Arlyn Hodson TBA van Zee
Alec Holmes First principles study of finite temperature phase stability in (Cu,Ag,Au)In2 and Al2Cu alloys Schneider
Aaron Kratzer A Comparison of Material Characterization Techniques: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Reflection Spectroscopy on Zinc Sulfide Tate/McIntyre
MacKenzie Lenz Nonlinear Terahertz Spectroscopy of Vanadium Oxide Lee
Samuel Loomis TBA Roundy
Paho Lurie-Gregg The contact value approximation to the pair distribution function for an inhomogeneous hard sphere fluid Roundy
Cord Meados Force Measurements measured from Reflection in an Optical Tweezer McIntyre
Abigail Merkel (S15) Designing and Implementing a portable interface system for field-effect transistor biosensors Minot
Jordan Pommerenck Characterization of super-low frequency electromagnetic fields produced by an undersea transmission cable in a homogeneous fluid Yokochi
Christoffer Poulsen TBA Hetherington
Cole Schoonmaker TBA Schneider
Grant Sherer (Honors College) Examining Upper-Division Thermodynamics Using the Actor Oriented Transfer Framework Manogue
Harsukh Singh The Effect of Inhomogenous Surface Temperature Distribution on Collagen Growth Sun
Rodney Snyder (Honors College) Electrical and Thermal Properties of Silicon and Tetrahedrite Tate
Daniel Speer TBA Tate
Dustin Swanson Effects of impurities and contact resistance in graphene field effect transistors Minot
Mattson Thieme Low temperature microscopy of organic optoelectronic materials Ostroverkhova
Kyle Thomas Fibroblast Morphology During Trypsinization Sun
Heather Wilson (2014 WIC Culture of Writing Awardee) Real-time monitoring of chemical reactions with carbon nanotube field-effect transistors Minot
Rene Zeto Testing the model for Min D protein oscillations in Escherichia coli Roundy

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Fall 2012, Winter and Spring 2013
Mini-conference schedule, abstracts and biographies
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Alex AbelsonI-V characteristics of micron-scale plasma devicesNorthrup-Grummin REU
Maxwell Atkins (S14)Radio Telescope Resonator Design for Observation of the 21 cm Line Hetherington
Novela AuparayRoom-temperature Seebeck coefficients of metals and semiconductorsTate
William BramblettSolar Radiation in the 70-cm band measured through a Yagi-Uda AntennaHetherington
Morgan BrethowerImplementing the Autocorrelation Transform for Nanosecond-Scale Optical Pulse ResolutionHetherington
Chaelim Reed CoffmanReflection from GrapheneMinot
Nicholas CoyleRaman spectroscopy of grapheneMinot
John ElliotDesign and Implemenation of Next Generation Digital Scientific InstrumentationHetherington
Thomas FerronMeasuring Low Intensity Light Reflections of High Temperature CO2 Adsorbed on SiO2 Near Brewster's AngleHetherington
David Froman (S14)Analysis of Nullification Methods of Hysteresis in Carbon Nanotube Field Effect TransistorsRoundy
Ky HaleSolar Radiation in the 70-cm band measured through a Yagi-Uda AntennaHetherington
Louise Henderson (S14)Calculating Crystal Properties of Bismuth Telluride Using Wien 2kTate
Casey HinesPractical Implementation of a Physical Vapor Deposition System in a Research EnvironmentTate
Benjamin HoworthDetecting ZnS films on Si substrates using X-ray diffractionTate
Caleb Joiner (Honors College)TBAMinot
Maia ManockHow to Model Spin Waves in a One Dimensional SolidJansen
Bethany Mathews (Honors College)Building a basic computational model of impurity and surface states in a 1-dimensional solidJansen
Afina NeunzertExploration of charge-transfer exciton formation in organic semiconductors through transient photoconductivity measurementsOstroverkhova
Benjamin NorfordAcoustic Backscatter Surveys over Methane Vents along the Cascadia Continental MarginTrehu, CEOS
Kyle PetersOptical Tweezer Trapping of Colloidal Polystyrene and Silica MicrospheresOstroverkhova
Justin Schepige (Honors College)A weathering balloon program at Western Oregon UniversitySchoenfeld, WOU
Kathleen Stevens Prudell (S14)Determining Thickness of Zinc Sulfide Thin Films Through Optical SpectroscopyMcIntyre
Eric StringerA weathering balloon program at Western Oregon UniversitySchoenfeld, WOU
Andy Svesko (Honors College)A Detailed Introduction to String TheoryStetz
Sean van HattenCalibrating an aerolab 375 sting balance for wind tunnel testingAlbertani, MIME
Jenna WardiniA Guide to Graphene Growth and CharacterizationMinot
Joshua WhiteTBARoundy
River Wiedle (Honors College)Thermal conductivity measurements via the 3ω methodTate
Thomas WindomSPR: Surface Polarization Reflection of Few-Monolayer Adsorbates on SiO2Hetherington

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Fall 2011, Winter and Spring 2012
Mini-conference schedule, abstracts and biographies
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Marcus CappielloEffects on the Corpus Callosum of Ferrets Due to Restriction of Visual Input During the Prenatal Stage and Optimization of Diffusion Tensor Imaging ProtocolKroenke, OHSU
Brian DevlinTBAKrane
Billy GeerhartMelting Curve of a Lennard-Jones 12-6 System Determined by Coexistence Point SimulationsSchneider
Shawn GilliamUse of a Digital Micromirror Array as a Configurable Mask in Optical Astronomy Hetherington
Jacob GoodwinThe Pressure Transmission Through an Air-filled Rubber ShellBay, MIME
Jonathan GreeneEffects of Van der Waals Interactions on Surface Polarization ReflectionHetherington
Christopher JonesDiscrete time quantum walk with two-step memory Kovchegov/Dimcovic
Mason Keck (Honors College)X-ray Spectroscopy in Astrophysics and Neutron Capture Cross Section MeasurementsKrane
Timothy MathewsTemperature effects on Fowler-Nordheim tunneling regime in a 2N7000 (n-channel enhanced MOSFET)Hetherington
Teal PershingSolar Granulation Imaging Techniques Using Optical Fourier Analysis Hetherington
James MontgomeryRadiotelescope at OSUHetherington
Nicholas PetersenMeasuring Neutron Absorption Cross Sections and Epithermal Resonance Integrals of Natural Platinum via Neutron Activation AnalysisKrane
Samuel Settelmeyer (Honors college)Student Motivation, Introductory Calculus Based Physics (PH 211) and Project Based Learning, Oh my!Demaree
Tyler TurnerDeveloping Techniques to Measure Single Molecule Conductance: Design Considerations, Complications, and InstrumentationHetherington
Jaryd UlbrichtDesign and Implementation of Apparatus to Create Calibration Curves for use in Laser Induced Fluorescence Experiments Narayanan, MIME
Murray WadeCreating a Thermodynamics Simulation Using the Ising Model: A Microcanonical Monte Carlo ApproachRoundy
Colby WhitakerNoise reduction of OSU's radio telescopeHetherington

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Fall 2010, Winter and Spring 2011
Mini-conference schedule, abstracts and biographies
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Sean CaudleSimulated Radial Compression of Carbon NanotubesSchneider
Lee Collins (Honors College)Monte Carlo simulations of structure and melting transitions of small Ag clustersSchneider
Howard DearmonNeutron capture cross sections of CdKrane
Alison GickingNeutron capture cross sections of SeKrane
Jessica Gifford (Honors College)Gravitational Wave Detection with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna and
Optical Trapping and Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Nanoparticle Sensors in Microfluidic Devices.
David MackOptical and Electrical Properties of Thin Film BaSnO3Tate
Kris PaulPropagation of error in estimating redshift from photometric data.NASA Ames internship/Hetherington
Rachel WaiteSeebeck effect in chalcogenidesTate
Jesse WellerTBATBA

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Winter and Spring 2010
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Pat BiceMagnetic treatment device for stimulating magnetoreceptors in Chinook salmonBellinger/Giebultowicz
Steven BrinkleyMeasuring acoustic response functions with white noiseRoundy
Steven BussellA dual polarized waveguide for observations at 4 GHzHetherington
Chris CarlsenPersistent interlayer coupling by an antiferromagnetic spacer above its Néel temperature (a Monte Carlo study)Giebultowicz
Matt CibulaGeneration of high-energy terahertz radiation through optical rectification using tilted pulse fronts in LiNbO3Lee
Alex DauenauerNeutron Capture Cross Sections, Resonance Integrals and Half-lives of Barium IsotopesKrane
Daniel Gruss (Honors College)Applied computing techniques for holographic optical tweezersMcIntyre
Tom HathawayWinter 2011Ostroverkhova
Jeff HolmesDigital signal processing enhancement to the OSU single-dish radio telescope network (Spring 2011)Hetherington
Shaun KibbyThree-meter dish radio telescope service life extension program (SLEP)(Spring 2011)Hetherington
Howard HuiInstrument design for measuring the polarization of the cosmic microwave backgroundInternship JPL
Michael NielsenMeasuring acoustic response functions with white noiseRoundy
Cory PollardOSU MASLWR Secondary Systems Control Algorithm (Winter 2011)Nuclear Rad Center/Jansen
Keith SchaeferWinter 2011Ostroverkhova
Colin Shear (Honors College)Thin Film Bi-based Perovskites for High Energy Density Capacitor ApplicationsGibbons
Andrew StickelInteractions of narrow band multi-cycle THz pulse with microcavity quantum wellLee
Sol TorrelNeutron Capture Cross Sections and Half-lives of Cerium IsotopesKrane
Kyle WilliamsWinter 2011Ostroverkhova

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Winter and Spring 2009
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Troy AnsellObservations at 1.4205 GHzHetherington
Alex Brummer3x3 Octonionic Hermitian Matrices with Non-Real EigenvaluesDray
Abel CondreaGPS Autonomous Precision Aerial Delivery System
Evan deBlander (Honors College)Characterization of BaCuSF Thin Films Grown in Excess Copper by Pulsed Laser Deposition Tate
John HartA Further Investigation of 1,4-cyclohexanedione via Gas Phase Electron Diffraction
Ramsi HawkinsUtilizing the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) Model to Develop an Undergraduate Laboratory Exploring Bulk and Quantum ResistivityMinot/Demaree
Chris Homes-Parker (Honors College)A Search for Low Temperature Thermoelectric MaterialsHetherington
Jonathan HuntSimulated Radial Compression of Carbon NanotubesSchneider
Jeff MacklemThe Art of LABView: Running a Spectrometer for Thin Films and PowdersMcIntyre
Scott MarlerAnalysis of an Electrostatics Activity for Introductory Calculus-Based PhysicsDemaree
Sean McDonoughLater, TBA
Michael PaulReflection Imaging of Carbon Nanotube Transistor ChipsMinot
Colin PodelnykValidation by Single Molecule Fluorescent Resonant Energy TransferMinot

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Winter and Spring 2008
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Patrick Bice Spring 2010Bellinger/Giebultowicz
Doug Francisco Later, TBAHetherington
Scott Griffiths (Honors College) Seasonal and Solar Cycle Variations in High Probability Reconnection Regions on the Dayside MagnetopauseJansen
Daniel Harada Noise mechanisms in carbon nanotube biosensorsMinot
David Hasenjaeger Random Anisotropy model of a lattice structure
Caleb Joiner Later, TBA
Alden Jurling Impedance Spectroscopy of Thin Film Dielectric MaterialsTate
Henry Priest Empirical Annotation of the Brachypodium Transcriptome
Daniel Schwartz Optimum Feed Design for a 1.4 GHz Radio TelescopeHetherington
Ken Takahashi Neutron Capture Cross Sections and Resonance Integrals of Cadmium IsotopesKrane
Drew Watson (Honors College) The Impact of Guiding Questions and Rubrics in the Scientific Writing of Middle-Division Physics StudentsManogue

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in Winter and Spring 2007
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Tyler Backman Thermodynamic Analysis of the Biodiesel Cycle
Scott Clark Protein Statistics Landau
Zachary Haines Light Propagation in a Photonic Crystal
Doug Jacobson Domain Structures and Hysteresis Curves of Ferromagnetic SystemsLandau/Giebultowicz
Kim Johnson The Effects of Air Mass Origin on Cumulus Clouds in the Caribbean
Joseph Kinney Room Temperature Excitons in BaCuChFTate
Nicholas Kuhta Electrodynamics of the Planar Negative Index LensPodolskiy
Ken Lett Modeling the anisotropic superlensPodolskiy
David Mack Fall 2011Tate
William Martin Simulating the reaction-diffusion equation in space and time
Nick Meredith Computing Occupation Times with Integral Equations
Gabriel Mitchell Light scattering from large particles Landau
Rozy Nystrom Radio Telescope IIHetherington
Joshua Russell Radio Telescope IHetherington
Ken Takahashi Later, TBA
Curtis Taylor Transverse Flux Permanent Magnet Linear Generator

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2006
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Timothy AnnaNuclear Spin Relaxation Rate Study of P-Type Transparent conductive Oxide CuSc02:MgWarren
Connelly Barnes (Honors College)ThermoSolver: An Integrated Educational Thermodynamics Software ProgramLandau
Mark Blanding Optical Tweezers McIntyre
Phil Carter Parallel Computing on the physics Beowulf cluster Landau
Matthew ChristensenSeminar in COAS
Micah EastmanNeutron Capture Cross Sections of Tellurium IsotopesKrane
Doug Fettig (Honors College)The Effect of Transverse Shifts in the LIGO InterferometerMcIntyre
Nathan PaulInductively Coupled Plasma
Joe PetersonAutocorrelationOstroverkhova
Zack Peterson Optical and electrical behavior of 200-nm diameter Au particles deposited on polythiophene and undoped polythiophene thin filmsOstroverkhova
Christopher SomesInstabilities of the Thermolhaline Ocean Circulation and its Effect on the Pacific Ocean Oxygen Minimum Zone
Joshua StagerCreating the Paradigm PortfolioManogue
JC Sanders (Honors College) Near Earth Object Collisional Mitigation Via Intense Neutron and Photon Sources: a Study in Asteroid Interdiction and Energy CouplingJansen
Chris Smith (Honors College)Experiments into Plasma PhysicsJansen
Brent ValleMeasurements of autocorrelation for femtosecond pulses Lee
Ben WestonSimulating Optical InterfacesPodolskiy

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2005
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Jason GieskeDesign Optimization and Theoretical Analysis of a Linear Reluctance Mass Accelerator
Susan GuylerOptical Measurements of P-Type Thin Film SemiconductorsTate
Ae KimTHz wave propagation in one-dimensional photonic crystalsLee
Adam RandFrequency Modulation Spectroscopy: Fast measurement of resonance and linewidthMcIntyre
Gary SchwabDynamics of Absorption Using the Techniques of Surface Polarization Reflectance Hetherington
Jeremy Sylvester Neutron Activation Analysis of Sn Isotopes Krane
Juan VanegasScientific Visualization with OpenDx: Uses and Applications in PhysicsLandau
Andrew WalkerSurface Absorption Studies of Benzene Via SPRHetherington

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2004
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Robert CaspersonMeasuring the Neutron Capture Cross Section of 148GdKrane
Werner Hager (Honors College)Using Angular Correlation to Determine Decay Behavior in Nuclei through the Analysis of Coincidence Sum PeaksKrane
Briony HorganInvestigating grain boundaries in BaCuS1xSexF Using Impedance SpectroscopyTate
Abraham Korn (Honors College)Time Periodic Sand Ripples at the Oregon Coast Siemens

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2003
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Dara Easley(Honors College)Room Temperature Seebeck Measurements on CuSc1-x Mgx02+y Transparent Conductive Thin FilmsTate
Modesto GodinezPhotonic crystals for broadband signal from 0.5 THz to 2.5 THzLee
Levi Kilcher Optical Spectroscopy of Transparent Conducting Oxides from the UV to near-IR and a Method for Determining the Refractive Index of Transparent Thin FilmsTate/McIntyre

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2002
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Scott Bain(Honors College)Wavelength Dependence of the Scattering of Small Particles by SunlightGriffiths
Rachel BartlettNeutron Activation Analysis of 195mPt and 117mSnKrane
Martin HeldFractography of a Nd:YAG single crystal UW REU/Tate
Michael Joyer (Honors College)Deformation Reduction in Intermetallic NiAl Microlaminations Warnes
Derek Tucker (Honors College)Optical Characterization of Transparent Conductive Thin FilmsTate/McIntyre

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2001
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Ross BrodyBand Gap of Analysis of Doped and Undoped CuCrO2 Thin Films Tate
Skye DorsettMeasurement of the Thermal Neutron Absorption Cross-section of 194Hg and 194Au Krane
Christopher DuncanMeasurements of Neutron Activation in Palladium Isotope 102 Krane
Jeremy WolfMeasurement of the Thermal Neutron Absorption Cross Section of 160Tb Krane

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 2000
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Miriam Lambert (Honors College)The Neutron Capture Cross Section of 208PbKrane
Diedrich SchmidtP –Type Electrical Conduction in Transparent Conducting OxidesTate

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1999
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Nathan Bezayiff Circuit to Observe Quantum ConductanceTate

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1998
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Brandon van Leer Analysis of YBa2Cu3O7 Films by X-Ray Diffraction Tate
Joseph Neal Integrated Laboratory Experiences in Physics Education Tate

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1997
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Eric Bixby (Honors College) Light Transmittance Properties of Biological Tissues of the Red-sided Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, Between 450 and 850 Nanometers McIntyre
Scott Broughton Octonions Manogue

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1996
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Brian Brisbine Casimir Effect Manogue

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1995
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Andrew Fowler Current Dependence of Resistivity of YBaCuO in Zero Magnetic Field Tate

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1994
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Milton Cornwall-BradyKlein Paradox Manogue
Amy J. SpoffordAn Analysis of the Current-Voltage Characteristics of YBa2Cu3O7 in the Vortex State Tate

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1993
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Jeffrey ArasmithAn Introduction to Superconductors for Undergraduate Research AssistantsTate

Participants in the PH403 Thesis Course in 1992
Name Title of Presentation Advisor
Anupama BhatThe Temperature and Magnetic Field Dependence of the Activation Energy in YBa2Cu3O7 in the Flux Creep RegionTate

Common questions about the PH403 WIC and the senior thesis
When should research begin?
The sooner, the better! The research for your senior thesis should begin ahead of the start of the WIC, in the spring or summer of the academic year before the WIC, and absolutely no later than the first day of the fall quarter for graduation in the spring of that year.
Should research be completed before the WIC?
No, most students have been working for a term or two, or a summer when they start the WIC, but still have work to do to get results. If you start research in the Fall in which you begin the WIC, you will have to devote a considerable amount of time to research in that term. Some students who have participated in an REU or internship or who have been working in a lab for more than a year may have completed their research by the time they start the WIC.
Do I sign up for PH401 (Research) or PH403 (Thesis)?
PH403 and PH401 are different. PH403 is the writing course that is offered to the entire senior cohort for 1 unit each in Fall, Winter & Spring (1 unit each). Do not register for PH403 for any other reason. When conducting research at OSU, it is good practice to register for PH401 (Research). Research must be performed to enter the WIC, but PH401 is not technically required to appear on your transcript for graduation audit because some students perform their research outside of OSU Physics (with departmental consent of course).
If I plan to stay a fifth year, when should I take the WIC?
You can take the WIC in the 4th or 5th year. Choose the year in which you can devote the most attention to your thesis. Your research should begin ahead of the term in which you begin the WIC.
If I plan to graduate mid-year, when should I take the WIC?
You should take the WIC in the last full academic year that you are at OSU.
If I decide to delay graduation after starting the WIC, should I continue to take the WIC?
Talk to the PH403 course instructor and the research advisor about details. Most students who chose such a delay continue to take the WIC and work on research. They write a good basis for the thesis, and receive an incomplete for the course in the Spring. That "I" grade is removed when they turn in the final thesis.
If I forget to take PH403 in the Fall, can I still take it in Winter and Spring and graduate in the Spring?
Are any exceptions possible?
As in most of life, exceptions may be possible if you are responsible, professional and plan ahead. You will need to present an alternative plan that will fulfill all the university requirements for the WIC. We have had very few exceptions to the rule. If there are serious unforeseen circumstances, please discuss them with us at the earliest possible opportunity.
Who is "us", i.e. to whom should I talk if I have questions?
The PH403 course instructor is Janet Tate, Weniger 485
The PH department head is Henri Jansen, Weniger 301
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