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Hands-On Learning

A student and professor conduct an experiment together

Typically, there are no more than ten students per advanced physics class, allowing professors to get to know all the students in the course and to provide individual help in and out of the classroom. Even for our larger introductory seminar courses, we've adopted personalized “clickers” (instant response technology) and other methods to turn lecture classes into interactive learning environments.

Student Receives Physics Honor Society Scholarship

Audrey Burkart, a junior physics major, has been awarded a $2,000 Society of Physics Students (SPS) Leadership Scholarship for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Scholarships recipients must maintain high academic performance in physics and overall studies, potential and intention for continued scholastic development in physics, and active participation in SPS programs.

You'll also have easy access to specialized computer programs and modern scientific equipment. With assistance from the National Science Foundation, the College has spent over $150,000 to modernize instructional lab equipment since 2005. For example, we can conduct fundamental tests of quantum mechanics right in our labs through the use of diode lasers.

Most importantly, you'll be involved in research on cutting-edge subjects under the mentorship of Augustana faculty. Nearly all students complete at least one independent research project. Recent articles co-written by undergraduates include “Magnetically Driven Chaotic Pendulum and Closed-Loop Control of Intense-Laser Fragmentation of S8.

Learn about our undergraduate physics research