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Physics Student Success

The links on the left under Student Success will introduce you to some of our physics alumni.  Below, you will find some additional examples of success our students have achieved.

Graduate & Professional School Placement

Since 1990, 100% of physics majors who applied to graduate or professional school while at Doane were accepted into a program.  Physics students have attended

Colorado State University University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Columbia University University of Utah
Creighton University Wartburg Theological Seminary
Kansas State University Washington University
University of Minnesota   

Job Placement

Doane physics graduates are doing many interesting things.  Here are just a few examples:

Adam designs agricultural irrigation systems (Aqua Engineering)
Andrew teaches college physics and creates new materials using nanotechnology (Creighton University)
Brandon builds satellites (
Orbital Sciences Corporation)

Brett teaches college physics and studies quantum mechanics with ultra short electron technology (Trinity College)
Brian sells pharmaceuticals (Merck Pharmaceuticals)
Carol works with nuclear reactors (Omaha Public Power District)
Chris C. improves air quality as an environmental engineer (Lancaster County Health Department)
Christopher D. is serving in the US Army and recently completed a deployment to Iraq
David manages million dollar construction projects as an architectural engineer (Miller Electric Company) 
Eric develops cardiovascular replacement tissue (Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City)
Holly studies the effect of nuclear blast emp on materials (Applied Research Associates) 
Nathan analyses jet fighter weapon systems (Boeing) 
Staci teaches mathematics (state of Colorado)

Conference Presentations

Doane physics majors have done research while at Doane and presented it at national conferences.  Here are some recent examples (student name is italicized):

"Defining the Velocity Field of Root Cells in Arabidopsis Seedlings Using Open Source Image Processing Tool" by  Amy E. CraigBrad R. HigginsTracy Guy, Tessa Durham Brooks, and Christopher D. Wentworth, Fall 2011 Meeting of the Prairie Section of the American Physical Society. Abstract link .

"Individual-based Modeling of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm with Glucose Substrate" by Matthew J. Steffens, Barbara J. Clement, and Christopher D. Wentworth,  Fall 2011 Meeting of the Prairie Section of the American Physical Society. Abstract link .

"Comparing Kinematics of Root Growth between Wild Type and GLR 3.3-9 Arabidopsis Seeds" by  Amy E. CraigBrad R. HigginsTracy Guy, Tessa Durham Brooks, and Christopher D. Wentworth, Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics 2011, UNL, October 20-22, 201.

"Video Analysis of a Plucked String: An Example of Problem-based Learning" by Christopher D. Wentworth and Eric Buse, Fall 2009 Meeting of the Prairie Section of the American Physical Society. Abstract link .

"Construction of an Inexpensive Scanning Tunneling Microscope for Undergraduate Laboratories" by Paul Garcia, Justin Nitz, Mark Plano Clark, and Axel Enders, Fall 2009 Meeting of the Prairie Section of the American Physical Society. Abstract link .

“Diffusion of a concentrated lattice gas in a regular comb structure” by Paul Garcia and Christopher D. Wentworth, Fall 2008 Meeting of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society.  Abstract link .

“Monte Carlo Simulation Study of Lattice Gas Diffusion in a Box Fractal” by Daniel Knowlton, James Johnson and Christopher D. Wentworth, Fall 2008 Meeting of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society. Abstract link .