Department of Astronomy & Physics

2016 Undergraduate Symposium

On September 9, 2016, the Department of Astronomy and Physics held its 13th annual Mini-Symposium on Undergraduate Summer Research, sponsored by  both the department and the dean of science.  This year, eight undergraduate students gave brief presentations on their summer work, which varied from the very large (the study of active galactic nuclei and galactic stability), to the very small (measuring production yield of rare isotopes, building instruments for subatomic physics experiments). 

Pictured above from left to right are Martin Hellmich, Derek Blue, Tiffany Fields, Dennis Gallant, Hannah Ehler, Parker Reid, Abbie Salyzyn, and Orry Workman.  Derek is entering his third year of studies at MSVU, while the reminder are all from SMU, some entering each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of their respective programmes in (astro)physics.
Congratulations to all of our speakers for a job well done, and particularly to our top three speakers.  Fields' talk on "Looking for a link between disk galaxy stability and the level of chaos in galactic dynamics" under Professor Rob Thacker won honourable mention, Ehler's talk on "A rigorous flux-flux analysis of Markarian 335" under Professor Luigi Gallo won second prize (a bookstore gift certificate), while Workman's talk on "Measuring production yields of rare isotopes" under Dr. Ritu Kanungo won first prize (also a gift certificate).
The symposium programme may be found at

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