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Shola Wylie '15 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

March 31, 2014
If there’s one thing Shola Wylie ’15 could point to as the catalyst that sparked her interest in Alexi Arango’s physics laboratory, she’d tell you it was Homer Simpson.  More...

Physics Department Wins APS Award

April 2, 2012
The Mount Holyoke Physics department won the 2012 American Physical Society's Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education.  More...

Obama Names Aidala a Top Young Scientist

September 27, 2011
President Barack Obama has named Assistant Professor of Physics Katherine Aidala one of the nation's most promising young scientists. Aidala is one of 94 researchers who will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). More...

Physics Prof Wins NSF Award

April 7, 2010
Kathy Aidala, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics, has won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Early Career Award for her work in nanophysics. More...

MHC's First Patent-Related Venture Heats Up

October 6, 2009
On September 16, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Alenas Imaging, Inc. a $185,000 grant to develop a new method for locating defects in solar cells. More...

MHC’s Greenberg '09 Wins Major Physics Award

October 5, 2009
Kathryn (Katie) Greenberg '09 has been awarded the 2009 LeRoy Apker Award by the American Physical Society--adding to her already impressive list of accomplishments as a Mount Holyoke undergraduate. More...

Gates Scholarship, February 17, 2009

Physics major Katie Greenberg ’09 Wins Gates Scholarship...

Phi Beta Kappa Citations, February 12, 2009

Danti Chen '09
Danti Chen is a physics major, seemingly equally fascinated with imaging the dynamics of defects in striped systems (observing the annihilation of disclinations and dislocations), patterning self-assembled monolayers, and spending a semester in her junior year in France. Last fall, while working on her senior thesis in physics, she also took eight credits of German. Why? Because, as she notes, "It is fun." As one of her professors notes, "She is enthusiastic and overcommitted … yet she is always cheerful and somehow manages to get everything done on time. Sometimes early, even."

Kathryn Greenberg '09
Kathryn Greenberg likes physics … a lot. She has been doing independent research since the summer after her first year and has in the words of one of her advisors "a spectacular senior thesis in the works." But we don’t have to wait for the future to see some of Kathryn’s work. The inevitable eventual publication of her senior thesis results will be her second published research paper; she already has a published research journal article based on work she did in her first two years at Mount Holyoke. Along the way, she has also presented research at three, yes three, international conferences. Not surprisingly, in addition to being elected into Phi Beta Kappa, Kathryn has already won a Goldwater Scholarship and a Churchill Scholarship.