Coe has an exceptional internship program which places students throughout the U.S. and the world. During an internship students put into practice the classroom concepts they have learned in preparation for a possible career. As part of this program, for example, you can spend a semester as an assistant to professional engineers or do research in an industrial laboratory or join a graduate-level research team at a major university.
Besides individually designed internships, exciting off-campus terms are also offered through Coe. Coe physics majors may be especially interested in the Oak Ridge science semester at the National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A term at Oak Ridge gives you the opportunity to use sophisticated scientific equipment while working alongside professional research scientists.
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The Physics Department has five flourishing undergraduate research programs. Indeed we are one of the most active undergraduate research programs in the United States. Jim Cottingham and several students are studying musical acoustics with a particular focus on reed instruments. Mario Affatigato and his research students study optical properties of solids. They use several kinds of lasers for this work and a newly acquired laser ablation time of flight mass spectrometer. Steve Feller's group studies physical properties and atomic arrangements of oxide glasses. Ugur Akgun and the research students working with him are actively involved in hadronic calorimeter construction and upgrade studies for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project. In his other research area, students model proteins from X-Ray diffraction data and perform data analysis. Firdevs Duru and her research students study electron density profiles and the effects of the magnetic field on Martian ionosphere, and they study the plasma environment of Mars. In each case, students extensively use research grade equipment, perform experiments over extended time periods, attend and present at meeting (both national and international), author journal papers, and participate in current scientific research.
Students at Coe do more than just attend classes. As a physics major you'll get a well-rounded education and a solid preparation for your life after college. At Coe you can:
Many Coe students interested in careers in engineering major in physics, or general science at Coe. Please see the information sheets on the cooperative program in engineering available from the Office of Admission.
These are some examples of National and International Conferences attended by members of the Coe Physics research groups.
Firdevs Duru and Christopher Ertl at American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California. Firdevs's presentation on December 15, 2015.
Iowa Glass Conference 2015