Senior Seminars

Academic Year



Dominic Bugni
The process of Building and calibrating a Custom 3D Printer

Robert Dietrich
Counting Cosmic Ray Events at High Altitudes

Peter Gagliardi
Calibration of an LCD Interface to Control a Spatial Light Modulator for Holigraphic Optical Trapping

Peter Malchow
Resistivity measurements of thin gold films

Gillian McDonald
Design and Contruction of a Time-of-Flight Laser Rangefinder for Golfers

Kelly McFarland
Defying Gravity: Magnetic Levitation Using Negative Feeback

Nathaniel Shonkwiler
Controlling Flow in Microfluidic Channels using Electric Fields

Jon Tarpinian
Creation of a Scanning Thermal Camera from an Infrared Sensor

2013-2014Danica Alvarez
UWRF Neutron Monitor-Using Moderators to Increase Neutron Detection Efficiency

Francis Caruso
Phase Shifting Interferometry, A Powerful Measurement Tool

Troy Cran
Testing the Moduli of Elasticity of Aluminum, Zinc-Plated Steel, Steel, and 40% Glass Fiber Polypropylene and Comparing Them to Cost

Rory Jones
Fabrication of the Piezoelectric Driver for a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

Samantha Oswald
Proton Beam Therapy Using Geant4

Andrew Puyleart
Designing a Pre-Amplifier Circuit for a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

Matt Schmitt
Leidenfrost Ratchets and the Forces that Drive Them

Ranee Skinner
Free Energy: Solar Cells from Recycled Materials

2012-2013Zach Anderson
Properties of a Potato Cannon

Wes Barnes
Using CERS to Investigate a Possible Relationship Between Position and Radius of an Optically Trapped Aerosol Droplet

Ben Beaudoin
A Control and Sensing System for a Hard Sphere Scattering Apparatus

Noah Biros
Measurement of Resistance and Temperature for a High-Temperature Superconductor

Tyler Capek
Creating a Pulsed Laser for Thin Film Deposition Applications

Emily Dvorak
A Review of the Science of Neutron Monitors

Charlotte Evans
Temperature Dependence of Zinc Oxide Etching in Benzoic Acid

Tyler Jacobson
Testing a New Piston Head Design in an Internal-Combustion Engine

Andrew Klitzke
Design and Construction of a Control Interface for Computer-Numeric Controlled Laser Machining

Alesha Radke
Examination of T-Sensor Microfludic Device Construction

Brendan Reed
Producing Single-Bubble Sonoluminescence

Laura Rogers
Mechanical Properties of Polylactic Acid

William Ryan
Digital Control System of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

Josh Anderson
Velocity Temperature Dependence for Water on a Leidenfrost Rachet

Scott Clark
Computer Control of an AC Servo Driven X-Y Table for Laser Machining

Alex Jewel
Acoustic Levitation by Means of Ultrasonic Transducers

Michael McAllister
Chaos in Chua's Circuit

James Rust
The Impact of Tempurature on the Radiance of Ultraviolet LEDs Using Water and Air Cooling

Amanda Steck
The Study of Aerosol Droplets Using Optical Trapping and CERS

Kathleen Vignali
Obtaining Optimum Solar Panel Efficiency

Matthew Wolf
Pressure Dependence of Ramon Spectroscopy of Liquid Water
2010-2011James Allen
NASCAR Drafting in a Wind Tunnel

Paul Bartlett
Wireless Energy Transfer
2009-2010Cadie Boyung
Light Emitting Bubbles

Jeremy Clounch
Investigating Quicksand

Matt Cady
Using Physics to Ruin a Child's Toy

Lee Massey
Synchronization of Multiple Metronomes within a System Containing a Non-driven Physics Pendulum

Tyler Campbell
Determining the Expansion Rate of the Universe

Samual McCutcheon
Study of Chaotic Behavior in a Simple Electronic Circuit

Nicholas Iverson
Design and Construction of a Thermal Energy Storage Device

Aaron Lemmer
Construction of a Diode-Pumped 532nm ND:YVO4 Laser with Cr:YAG Passive Q-switching and Intracavity KTP Frequency Doubling

Scott Denger
Biomechanics of Distance Running

Mitch Andrejka
Investigation of the Ground Reaction Force of a Jump using Various Landing Techniques

Elizabeth Denkinger
Time Efficiency Comparison between Induction and Electric Cooktops

Michael Fitzl
Using Automated Methods to Analyze Dry Concrete for Proper Air Entrainment

Forest Kirschbaum
IceCube - Giant Thermometer

Seth Matucheski
Parameter Space Optimization of Design for Coil and Permanent Magnet Options for a Generator for a Human Powered Electric Bicycle

Shawntel Murphy
Motion of Optically Trapped Salt Water Droplets

Abby Riddick
Implementation of LED Flasher Data to Increase Simulation Accuracy for the IceCube Project

Luke Titus
Coupled Oscillator Models of Dark Energy

Craig Witte
Determination of the Superconducting Critical Temperature for YBa2Cu3O7-x
2008-2009Jay Anderson
The Mcgyan Process: A New Way of Making Biodiesel

Sean Wolf
Using Optical Contrast to Spot Graphene

Luke Hafstad
Implementation of a 4-bit Decimation-in-Time Radix-2 FFT on an FPGA

Devin Underwood
Building an Iron Cored High Temperature Superconducting Solenoid

Sarah Woods
Efficient Non-radiative Mid-range Wireless Power Transfer

Matt Blodgett
Investigating IceTop Detector Behavior using Tagged Muons

Matt Brotzler
Theoretically Determining the color Change of a Liquid Crystal

Jesse Goebel
Wing Tip Vortex Reduction with the Introduction of Winglets

David Johnson
Using Energy Density and Thickness to Find Efficient Laser Cutting Settings

Bridget Onan
Acoustical Resonators and the Marimba

Patrick Powers
Fractals and Their Effects on Quantum Mechanics

Charles Bardel    

Electronic Proximity Aid for the Blind: A Vibrating Electronic Proximity Belt

Ann Deml 

The Zeeman Effect

Travis Getzie

Designing and Building a Micro-Raman Spectrometer

Dan Musekamp

The Movement of a Chaotic Waterwheel

John O'Brien-Schroeder 

Adaptive Optics and Image Enhancement through Deconvolution

Francis Vorasane

The Tilt-A-Whirl: Unpredictable and Possibly Chaotic

Katherine Ward

Biological Propagation of Electrical Signals Through Artificial Neurological Tissue


Scott DeWolf

Measuring Reverberant Sound Fields with a 3D Microphone Array

Reime Jahr

Chaotic Motion of the Tabletop Tilt-A-Whirl

Tom Johnson

Measuring Cosmic Ray Air Showers

Dan Kopchinski  

PZT Driver Circuit for a Single-bubble Sonoluminescence Experiment

Amanda Lundgren

Frequency Spectra Comparison of Instruments Within the Same Family

Amanda Pittman

An Introduction to Ellipsometry and the Theory of its Operation

Allen Riley

Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Cell Construction and Observed Responses to Applied Voltages

Justin Smith

Autonomous Control of a Balance Beam

Mike Sykora

Optical Clarity Characterization of Poly(methyl methacrylate)

Mike Tate

Quantitative Verification of the Which-Way Experiment Using Single Photons

Josh Wynveen

It is Chaos!: Rotational Dynamics of a Magnetic Dipole in a Time-Varying Magnetic Field


Luke Chambers

Building a MagnetoHydrodynamic Propulsion System

Alex Dix

Single Bubble Sonoluminescence

Jon Eisch

Design and Construction of a Time-Synchronized Portable Muon Tagger

Patrick Fillmore

Developing Experiments in Electron Optics

Heather Lunn

Demonstrating Chaotic Motion with a Tabletop Tilt-a-Whirl

Stephen Taubel

No-Bounce Cart-Making Internal Thermal Energy Visible

Jeremy Tilsen

Undergraduate Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Tracy Mayer

A Twist on Light: A Faraday Rotation Experiment

Joe Exner

Modeling of a Homemade Cosmic Ray Telescope

Anthony Landberg

Study of a Standing Wave Thermoacoustic Refrigerator

Nick Olsen

The Rijke Tube Phenomenon

Bill Kalk

Determining Planck's Constant Through LED Characteristics

Kyle Hoegh

Water Bottle Analysis Using a DMA

Jesse Ahlert

Magnetohydrodynamic Propulsion

Jeff Herfindal

Laser Communication Under Raman-Nath Conditions

Ashton Flinders

Properties of an Activated Energy System: A Magnetic Pendulum

Robert Wicklund

Stereoscopic Imaging and Projection Using the Cross-Polarization Technique

Mike Majer

Telescope Angular Resolution Quantification Using Double Stars

Alan Kruizenga

PET Optical Properties

Ryan Bruvold

Microscopic Displacements of a Wood Block Under Static Friction


Arriety Lowell

The Motion of a Magnetic Pendulum

Jackie Meyer

Investigation of Reflectance Wavelengths due to the Change in Incident Angle of Light on Cholesteric Liquid Crystals

Angela Thomley

The Theory of Liquid Crystals Viewed at Varying Angles


Andrew Hoerneman

An Experiment with a Boltzmann Machine

Joe Ott

A Forced Rayleigh Scattering Experiment Intended to Measure the Mass Diffusion Coefficient of a Methyl Red Solution

Kyle Jacobsen

Mechanical Properties of Polyethylene Films Containing Spherulites

Brendan J. (BJ) Poore

Finding Problems with Freshmen Wheels

Brandon Rice

Optical Trap Characterization with a Two Axis Microscope

Regina Schindel

A Scanning Fabry-Perot Interferometer


Jeremy Licht

Explaining the Near Field Sound Radiated by a Trident Tuning Fork

Casey D. Keller

Holography in the High School Classroom

Thomas Walch

Homemade Cosmic Ray Detection

Matthew N. Bauer

Moving Metal with Electrons: [Rail] Guns in the Classroom

Brad Booher

Effects of Various Elements on Gas Based Muon Detectors

Michael Brown

Intracavity Frequency Doubled Nd:YVO4/KTP Green Laser

Tony Dabruzzi

Designing, Building, and Instrumenting a Gas Turbine Engine

Joshua A. Knutson

The Relative Breaking Strength of Knots

Emily Lombard

Characterization of Particle Motion in an Optical Trap

Steven McKinley

Thin-Film Strain Gage

Justin C. Peskar

Design and Implementation of a Standing Wave Thermoacoustic Refrigerator


Peter Bohacek

Design and Construction of a Panoramic Pinhole Camera

Jesse Gavin


Matt Haase

Physics of the Tractor Pull Sled

Brian Louks

Siegmund: the Simulation and Analysis Software Package for the AMANDA Project

Dwight Luhman

The Effects of Slanted Floors on Granular Flows in Two-Dimensional Silos

Aaron A. Parr

Wavelet Signal Analysis

Dominic Schroepfer

Growing Large Crystals of Pentacene and Tetracene


Lisa Bates

Laboratory Reproduction of a Mirage Using Sugar Water

Maya Arnott

DDP Image Processing on CCD Images

Tim Beach

Pressure Waves in the Atmosphere

Greg Fuchs

Vibrating, Traveling Strings


Christina Nieman

Fourier Transforms on Apertures


Dan Hagstrom

Galloping Gertie and a Look at Resonance in Suspension Bridges

William Tireman

Laser Spectroscopy of the Rubidium D1 Transition

Scott Jensen

Mechanical Properties of Polymers using Nanotechnology

Brian J. Zadler

Automating Data Acquisition Using Labtech Software

Lisa Raney

Simulating the Earth's Magnetic Field: How Close Have We Come?

Philip Borawski

Visible Light Interferometry in the Measurement of the Angular Separation of Binary Stars

Joshua Kalk

Surface Diffusion Below the Roughening Temperature


Phil Goebel

The Design and Implemantation of a Three State Logic System

Ryan Martin

Testing the Dispersion Theory of Slinky Whistlers

Chris Beskar

Polonium Powered Planes and a Less Apocalyptic Look at Radioisotopes as Turbine Engine Heat Elements


Daniel J. Bruski

Analysis of an Electric Guitar Signal

Erika Koenig

Cameras: A Unit for the High School Physics Class

Mike Holter

Entropy in Colloidal Mixtures

Vincent Reis

Active Noise Control: Study of Transverse Waves Through a Steel Ribbon

Nick Bennig

A First Look at Digital Filters

Kim Kolkin

Nonlinear Motion of a Wire: Representation with Poincare Diagrams

Craig Arendt

An Undistorted View of Relativity

John A Stifter

An Overview of Scattering Theories

Lyle Thomas

The Physics of the Jump Shot

Jeffrey A. Malinowski

Piezoelectric Engines Analysis

Wade Oberpriller

Determination of the Thickness of Two Thin, Non-Homogeneous Plates with Ultrasonic Transducers


Lawrence O. Imm

Physical Parameters Concerning Nonlinear Resonance

Paul J. Costanzo

Development of Courseware to Teach Graphical Analysis

Dale T. Zuzek

The Biomechanics of Pole Vaulting

Maia Davis Pulse

Compression: Dechirping of Time Reversed Slinky Whistlers

Matthew E. Gehrke

Measurement of the Velocity of Water in a Rectangular Pipe using a Lloyd's Mirror Diffraction Pattern

Alicia Amundson

Multiple Rainbows from a Single Drop of Water

Joe Garner

Mechanical Simulation of a Bowed String

Andrew Gerrish

Up From the Ashes

Lance Kuhn

High Resolution Surface Profiling Using Optical Interferometry

Steven K. Manfred

A Star is Unborn: The Schizoid Supernova

Dawn Luehrs

Fiber Optics


Douglas Lindee

Ballistics of a .54 Caliber Bullet

James Hall

Program to Analyze X-ray Diffraction Data

Thomas Weseli

Magnetic Heat Engine

Jeffrey J. Guertin

The Big Grid: How it Came to Be

Igor Anshakov

Post-Chernobyl Environmental Monitoring

Nha Dinh

Phase Sensitive Detector

Jay Meyer

Surround Sound Revealed

Jason Goray

Selection of Appropriate Reconstruction Filters Using Neural Networks

Brent Schwab

The Theory of Digital Audio with Emphasis on Interpolation

Debbie Freitag


Kimberly J. Staiger

Using the Fast Fourier Transform to Determine the Normal Frequencies of a Loaded String

Timothy M. Dietrich

Gravity Measurements with the Worden Gravity Meter

Peter J. Close

Boomerang Flight Theory

Mark Oman

Thermodynamics of a Rubber Band

Mark Anderson

Design and Analysis of a Stirling Cycle Engine

Julie Rauwolf


Sue Sindelar

The Radon Risk

Steve Danczyk

Elastic Scattering of Alpha Particles by Gold Nuclei

Dele Edwin

Obune Matrix Study of Electron Motion Propagating Through a Rectangular Barrier in a One-Dimensional Crystal

Ron Hanestad

Automobile Deceleration and Collision

David Hansen

The Terminator

Julie Johnson

Gas Dynamics


Christine L. Hegenbarth

Application of Stokes' Law in Determining the Size Distribution of Soil Particles: Comparison of Two Methods

Michael J. Narlock

Theoretical and Experimental Foundations for the Buckminsterfullerene

Paul Sundby

Designing and Building a Barton's Pendulums Apparatus

Joel Harper

Designing and Building a Liquid Nitrogen Cloud Chamber

Glenn C. Foster

Investigation of the Elastic Pendulum

Jim Lewandowski

Designing and Building an Electric Quadrupole Trap for Macroscopic Particles

Ken Close

Designing and Building a Chronograph

Gregory Fall

Designing and Building a Chaos Demonstrator

Robert Cooper

Investigation of Contaminant Activity Levels of Cs-137 in Samples Obtained from Cs-137/Ba-137 Miniature Radionuclide Generators


Jeff Brenizer

Determination of the Power of Low Temperature Differential Stirling Engines

Brent Niccum

Basic Flow Properties of Materials for Evaluation and Engineering

Michael Webb

Harmonics in Flexible Bars

Richard Schmitt

Black Holes: The Battle with Gravity

Jon Graetz

Making a Smoke Detector into an Electronic Weather Vane

June Vande Vegt

Boltzmann's Constant from the Temperature of a Diode

Matt Miller

Turbulence Measurements in a Fluid Using a Laser Doppler Anemometer

Lowell McCann

Do You SPO's it Resonates? Or Finding the Surface Plasmon Frequency in Silver Films


Bruce A. Webster

Conservation of Momentum Error Analysis

Scott Richardson

Nonlinear Oscillators

Jonathan Strain

Aerodynamic Drag on an Arrow

Tim Teasdale

The Atwood Smart Pulley to Study Rocket Motion

Yvette Guenther

Sound Diffraction by CSH Vents

Mark Howley

Computer Generated Diffraction Patterns and the Quest for a "Visible" Fourier Transform

Brian Wilson

Impact Detection Using the Piezoelectric Effect

Phil Foltz

Bandgap Determination for Silicon and Germanium

Bob Soderberg

CO2 Bubble Formation: Beer Physics

George Lundquist

An Experiment to Investigate the Properties of a Thermocouple

Jeff Saueressig

Altitude Prediction for Model Rockets

Joel Marvin

Probability Distribution of Time Intervals Between Radioactive Decay Events


Gerritt Duxbury

Development of the Foil

Dexter St. George

The Extension of Euler's Method


Carol A. Annett

The Design of Experiments

David C. Yahnke

Video Enhancement for Physics in Education

Steve C. Hammer

D.C. Power Supply Design

Troy Simon

Eavesdropping with a Laser

Mark Schroeder

Experiment to Measure the After-Effect of Thin Films

Matthew Smith

An Investigation of the Mossbauer Effect

Jeff Crowder

Fresnel Zone Plate

Kent Fox

The Evolution of Millikan's Oil Drop Experiment

Neal Schumacher

Physical Properties of Heat Treated Steel

Gary T. Holm

A Real-Life Computer Application: Approximating Unsolvable Differential Equations

Mary E. Noles

Using a Multipurpose Loading Device to Analyze Some Aspects of a Cantilever Beam

Paul McConville

Cold Fusion

Ed.C. Miniatt

Nondestructive Testing

James Erik Hendrickson

Magnetic Susceptibility of a High Tc Superconducting Ceramic

Sandy Zmuda

Radon Detection and Measurement


Nien van Nguyen

Signal Detection Using Analytic Signal Magnitude


Romona Gunter


Todd Loren Braman

My Digital to Analog Interfacing Senior Project

Allen J. Miller

Acoustic Absorbtion Coefficients and Their Measurement

Dan Strom

Percent Yield Calibration of the Gamma-Ray Scintillation Spectrometer

Steve Hoffman

Chemically Etching ITO on Glass Plates

Bill Herron

Doppler Radar / Distance Radar

Christian Nielsen

Compact Disc Player Optics and the Birefringence Problem

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