Prof. Erick Agrimson

Professor Erick Agrimson uses high altitude weather balloons (HABs) as a delivery method to send up payload boxes with varied instrumentation to study the stratosphere. As a part of physics department at St. Catherine University, a team of collaborative undergraduate researchers select HAB related projects to work on. A current item of interest is the […]


Dendrochronology at Bemidji State University

It is often uncommon to find field-based teaching in the study of ecology. At Bemidji State University, undergraduate students in the Center for Sustainability Studies are given the opportunity to learn material, such as patterns in the growth rings of trees to interpret environmental changes, through hands-on learning. This allows the students to learn landscape […]


Kyle Fraser-Mines

Kyle Fraser-Mines is a senior physics major at Carleton College and is from Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. During the summer of 2020, she worked with Dr. Cindy Blaha on a project to determine the luminosity functions of HII regions in galaxies and dwarf galaxies in the local group. She also created stacked emission line images for these […]


Researching Experimental Plasma Physics at Concordia College

Amy Ott (’21) and Noel Geiger (’22) worked with Dr. Matthew ArchMiller in developing computational tools to support experimental plasma physics. While developing these tools, the students became proficient in Python programming with emphasis placed on specific techniques that are useful for physical modeling. Amy wrote a spectral analysis program that allows the user to […]


High Altitude Ballooning Team at St. Catherine University

  The High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) Team at St. Catherine University is an all-women’s research team devoted to exploring the stratosphere through a multitude of experiments. This research has been conducted at St. Catherine University since 2009 and the collaborative undergraduate research is presented at conferences throughout the year.  These experiments are conducted through weather […]


Prof. Eric Kuha

Professor Eric Kuha is the instructor of Information Technology at Leech Lake Tribal College. Eric Kuha teaches by giving his students firsthand experiences by using a hands-on approach to learning with the use of cutting-edge technology. He first studied at Bemidji State University where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and writing and a […]


Researching Spectroscopic Characterization of Low-Mass Stars at Carleton College

At Carleton College, students Freja Olsen and Adam Ickler developed and tested methods for measuring the chemical abundances of nearby low-mass stars using high-resolution spectra from the Habitable Zone Planet Finder. Their techniques, implemented in modular Python programs, have enabled the measurement of atomic absorption lines with improved precision, and are currently being extended to […]


Gabe Holum

Gabe Holum is a senior physics and mathematics double major at Concordia College and is from Grand Rapids, MN. He is also the president of Concordia College’s Society of Physics Students chapter. During the summer of 2020, Gabe was involved in a project on machine learning. In collaboration with Dr. Luiz Manzoni, he studied the […]


Taylor-Couette Flow Apparatus Formation at Bethel University

At Bethel University, student Jake Stein worked to build three Taylor-Couette flow apparatuses for their Physics department. The creation of these apparatuses required research and prototyping to be done beforehand in order to best understand the math and science behind these physical devices. After the Taylor-Couette apparatuses have been assembled, future fluid mechanics students and […]


Dr. Abigail Clarke-Sather

Dr. Abigail Clarke-Sather, Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota Duluth’s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department, is working with Electrical Engineering undergraduate student (’23) Angela Martini on using stitched sensors to monitor human body comfort and function of garments in space. Conductive thread sewn onto a textile using a cover stitch machine like the edge sewn […]