Studying Off Campus
Physics can take you far and wide. Our faculty have collaborators around the world and regularly take students to participate in experiments offsite at large laboratories. Dr. Alton is a member of the D0 collaboration at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (shown above) and is involved with dark matter searches deep underground at the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake. Dr. Wells has an active collaboration with researchers at the J.R. Macdonald Laboratory (pictured below), a large facility for atomic, molecular, and optical physics located on the campus of Kansas State University. A newer collaboration has seen Dr. Wells and a student travel to Auburn University to conduct an experiment.
Presenting your results is an essential part of the scientific process, and so our students travel to regional and national meetings, interacting with scholars from around the world. Physics students have recently spent internships at PraireGold Venture Partners, Michigan State University, the University of Oklahoma, Montana State University, and the Stanford National Accelerator Laboraotry. Pre-engineering students have interned with Peter Kiewet Sons’ Inc., Avery Weigh-Tronix, the University of Minnesota, and at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and White Sands Test Facility.
Physics majors often take advantage of the various study abroad programs available at Augustana. Recent students have spent semesters at the University of Lancaster in England, James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Many others have had shorter international experiences.
In addition, Washington University in St. Louis holds engineering courses for students at affiliated schools during the January interim term. Many students use this program to experience engineering school before leaving Augustana.