Physics

physics

Physics concerns itself with the deduction and establishment of the principles which underlie the observable phenomena of the physical universe. If your scientific curiosity has led you to consider a career in physics, the Physics Department at Saint Michael's College offers a very competitive program that prepares you for graduate study, industry or teaching.

Physics majors are given office space in the Cheray Science Hall providing a home base in which to study as well as interact with professors and other students in the department. Our small classes allow the faculty to work closely with you to provide a personalized education.

The Physics department offers courses in:

  • Astrophysics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics

Alain Brizard, PhD

Professor of Physics
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Ph.D. Princeton University
M.Sc. Quebec University
B.Sc. Sherbrooke University

Areas of Expertise:

Space, fusion and astrophysical plasma physics, astrophysics and cosmology (theoretical physics).

Patricia Bunt, PhD

Instructor of Physics
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B.S. Clarkson University
Ph.D. University of Vermont

Dr. Bunt's research interest is in the field of astronomy.

William Karstens, PhD

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Physics
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Ph.D. University of Vermont
M.A. Brandeis University
B.S. University of Vermont

Areas of Expertise:

Condensed matter physics, optical properties.

Marque Moffett, MS

Instructor of Chemistry
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M.S. University of Vermont
B.A. State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Areas of Expertise:

General chemistry education and biochemistry, specifically in the use of photo-induced electron transfer to elucidate the relationships between protein structure and function.

Courses I Teach:

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • General Chemistry Labs
  • Organic Chemistry Labs

John O'Meara, PhD

Associate Professor of Physics
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Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
B.S. University of Washington

Research

Student participation in research activities is encouraged and a number of our students have taken advantage of on-campus student/faculty research activities, off-campus internships and National Science Foundation-sponsored programs such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) during the summer. Research interests of the faculty include:

  • space
  • fusion and astrophysical plasma physics
  • optical properties of condensed-matter systems
  • high energy physics and cosmology

Current and prospective undergraduate research students in the natural sciences, math, and engineering can find research opportunities at http://www.webguru.neu.edu/.

Internships

The Academic Internship Program at Saint Michael's is an experience whereby students, participating employers and the College enter into a partnership designed to give students career-related, pre-professional work by fulfilling academically meaningful work assignments for their employers. Internships are supervised work experiences in both the public and private sectors. They are designed to enhance and supplement formal education and promote personal and career development.

Physics majors at Saint Michael's have done internships with the National Weather Service, the University of Vermont Biophysics Lab, and the State of Vermont Forensics lab.

Our alumni have found success in research, industry, and education. Recent Physics graduates are employed at firms including:

  • Lockheed-Martin
  • B.F. Goodrich Aerospace
  • Microsoft
  • Biogen Idec
  • Ingersoll-Rand

and a variety of schools and colleges including:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester

Recent Physics graduates have gone on to graduate programs at:

  • Brandeis
  • Boston University
  • Notre Dame
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Utah

To contact the Department of Physics:

Department of Physics
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 254
Colchester, VT 05439
Fax: 802.654.2236

Department Chair:
Bret Findley
Cheray Hall 212
802.654.2218
bfindley@smcvt.edu

Administrative Assistant:
Julia Kirby
Jeanmarie 149A
802.654.2369
jkirby@smcvt.edu

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