Three St. Olav students receive Rossing Physics Scholarships
Three students at St. Olaf College were elected Rosing Physicists in 2022-23. This is an honor to recognize exemplary students in physics at American universities belonging to the American Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA).
Joshua Cameron ’23 and Lily Nestor ’23 will each receive a $ 10,000 award from the Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education. Elizabeth Leeser ’23 receives a $ 5,000 scholarship.
This award is given annually to outstanding physics students selected from all over the country.
All three recipients of St. Olav major in physics. Cameron and Nester also major in mathematics, with Rieser focusing on engineering, racial and ethnic studies. Nester is focused on business administration.
Josh Cameron ’23
Cameron conducted his research last summer through a joint undergraduate study and research in St. Olav (CURI) Program by Associate Professor of Physics and Director of Engineering Research Alden Adolph.He studied as part of that project Optical properties of snow in the context of climatological effects.he I continue to work in Adolf’s lab this year as well.Cameron published his work at Western Snow Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, posters of the Undergraduate Research Council on Hill Events, and US Parliamentary staff at the St. Olav Honors Symposium. He will travel to Switzerland this summer to work on a compact muon solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN (European Institute for Nuclear Research). This project will work on upgrading the muon chamber of the CMS detector.
On campus, Cameron plays percussion in the St. Olaf Band, St. Olaf Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. He also works at the Circular Desk at the Rolberg Memorial Library. After graduating, he will earn a bachelor’s degree in either physics or engineering.
Liline Star ’23
Nestor also attended CURI last summer, collaborating with Anne Gothmann, an assistant professor of environmental research and physics. Cathodoluminescence of diagenetic changes in fossil corals.. In this project, Nestle manipulated a scanning electron microscope to image fossil corals 15 to 100 million years old and examine changes in skeletal structure and chemical composition. She continued to work with Gossman until this January.Nester enjoyed combining physics and environmental studies to work in an interdisciplinary field, she says. And I learned a lot from the operation of such complex machines.
Nestor presented her work at three local symposiums. Participated in the Midstate Consortium for Undergraduate Research Symposiums in Mathematics and Science Sponsored by the University of Chicago.
This summer, Nestor will be a reliability engineering intern in 3M’s manufacturing department.In St. Olav, she Women’s Society of Physics With a university choir Blue Key Honor Society.. In addition, Nester works as an assistant teacher (TA) and tutor in the Faculty of Physics in St. Olav, where she is deeply involved in physics outreach. After her graduation, Nester will go on to graduate school and she aims to work in aerospace engineering or related industries.
Elizabeth Rezer ’23
Leeser worked with Amy Kolan, Professor Emeritus of St. Olaf Physics, on an independent project to conduct research. The motion of a simple rotating system aimed at developing the equation of motion for that system.. “”We consider educational resources on how to make such studies accessible and how to improve the video analysis methods for studying such studies to make them fairly viable in the era of COVID. was doing.“Leaser says.
Last summer she participated in the CURI project with her assistant Professor of Physics Prabal Adhikari is working on a theoretical project to study the angular momentum of magnetic vortices using magnetic field theory... This project continued as a Directed Undergraduate Research (DUR) course from the fall of 2021 to the spring of 2022.
Leeser is St. He also works at the Olaf IT desk and physics clinic.She is an active member of Beselica, TEAM-UP, and the Women’s Society of Physics.This summer she will be an engineering intern at A group of consulting engineers in Lakeville, Minnesota.
Leeser may work for two years after graduation and then attend a graduate school in physics or engineering.
About Losing Scholarship
A gift from Thomas Rosing established the Rosing Fund for the Physics Education Fund in 2005 through the Foundation of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage top students to attend one of the 27 ELCA universities in the country. And when they get there, consider pursuing physics. Rossing has been teaching at St. Olav for 14 years, is an emeritus professor of physics at Northern Illinois University, and is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University.