Senior Calendar 2016/2017

posted on September 13, 2016 by

Fall Semester

Aug 30, 2016 (Tue) Classes Start!

Sept 16, 2016 (Fri) [Thesis Due Date] Written Senior Thesis Proposals

Sept 23, 2016 (Fri)  Registration deadline for Oct. 24 GRE

Sept 30, 2016 (Fri) LATE Registration deadline for Oct. 24 GRE

Late Sept 2016 Oral Senior Thesis Proposals

Oct 5, 2016 (Wed) Major Field Test in Physics (via Senior Seminar)

Oct 29, 2016 (Sat) GRE Physics Subject Test (at HMC)

Nov 12/13, 2016 (Sat/Sun) Annual Halona Physics Retreat

Spring Semester

Apr 3, 2017 (Mon) Full Draft to your Advisor

Apr 19, 2017 (Wed) [Thesis Due Date] Final Drafts of Senior Thesis Due (noon)

Apr 27, 2017 (Thurs) Oral Presentations of Senior Theses 4:30-6:30 pm

Apr 27Apr 30, 2017 (Thurs-Sun) Alumni Weekend

May 3, 2017 (Wed) [Thesis Due Date] Two Bound Copies & PDF of Senior Theses Due (Noon)

May 3, 2017 (Wed) Senior Dinner, 5:30 pm (Location TBD)

May 13, 2017 (Sat) Class Day

May 14, 2017 (Sun) Commencement

Awards Banquet (TBD)

Fall 2016 Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Schedule

posted on September 13, 2016 by

All talks will be held at Pomona in the Argue Auditorium, Millikan 1051.

9/6 –  Summer Experience

9/13 – Student Summer Research Talks

9/27 – Arolyn Conwill ‘1(MIT) – Oscillatory population dynamics in a bacterial cross-protection mutualism

10/4 – Jorge Moreno (Cal Poly Pomona Astronomy)

10/11 – James Graham (UC Berkeley, Astronomy)

10/18 – FALL BREAK

10/25 – Larry Price ‘65 (retired from Argonne National Laboratory) – The ATLAS detector for the LHC

11/1  TBD

11/8 – Grace Jia Lu (USC, Electrical Engineering/Physics)  – Exploring the Nano World

11/15 – Holly Maness (UC Berkeley)

11/29 – TBD

12/6 – TBD

Senior Theses 2016

posted on July 28, 2016 by

Ferrel Atkins ‘16

An Overview of Satellite Communications: Topics in Satellite Television

Faculty Advisor:  Janice Hudgings


Andreas Biekert ‘16

Aiding the Search for New Physics Through the Spectroscopy of Diatomic Molecules

Faculty Advisor:  Richard Mawhorter


Hannah Bishop ‘16

Fabrication of Plasmonic Nanostructures using Electron Beam Lithography

Faculty Advisor:  David Tanenbaum


William Buchholtz ‘16

Modeling the Evolution of Surface Charge on a Wire-Capacitor Circuit

Faculty Advisors:  Thomas Moore and Alma Zook


Jonah Grubb ‘16

On the Design and Construction of a Tow Tank and Particle Image Velocimetry System for the Study of Exploding Plants

Faculty Advisor:  Dwight Whitaker


David Khatami ‘16

A Meshless Approach to Radiation Hydrodynamics Simulations in Astrophysics

Faculty Advisors:  Philip Hopkins (Caltech) and Philip Choi


Jerry Martinez ‘16

Automotive Radar Systems: Status and Future Developments 

Faculty Advisor:  Janice Hudgings


Melina Mastrodimos ‘16

Delineating the Evolution of Organic Molecular Synthesis

Faculty Advisor:  Philip Choi


Madeline McGaughey ‘16

A Review of the Development and Current Status of Quantum Key Distribution

Faculty Advisor:  Alfred Kwok


Tatsu Monkman ‘16

Mapping the Galactic Orbit of an Extremely Low Metallicity Star

Faculty Advisors:  Philip Choi and Josh Simon (Carnegie Observatories)


Vicente Robles ‘16

Exploring the Dynamics of Optical Thermocavitation Bubbles Using Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence

Faculty Advisor:  Dwight Whitaker


David Sharfi ‘16

Designing, Implementing, and Testing A Lesson Plan for Static Equilibrium in Introductory Mechanics

Faculty Advisor:  David Tanenbaum


Scott Tan ‘16

Signatures of the Soft Phonon in Impedance Spectroscopy of Barium Titanate Nanoparticle Colloidal Solutions

Faculty Advisor:  Janice Hudgings and Graham Krahn


Carson Witte ‘16

Diatomic Molecular Spectroscopy of Potassium Iodide

Faculty Advisor:  Richard Mawhorter


Scott Tan – 2016 Recipient of the Stauffer Scholarship

posted on May 24, 2016 by

The John Stauffer Scholarship for Academic Merit is an award made to a senior student majoring in Physics, Chemistry, or a related science, who exhibits the highest academic promise.  For the class of 2016, it was awarded to Scott Tan!  Congratulations Scott, we are so proud!


[UPDATE] Scott Tan ’16, Andy Biekert ’16, and Ben Murphy ’13 Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

posted on April 5, 2016 by


Senior Physics majors Scott Tan (left) and Andy Biekert (right) were recently awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. Tan will study materials engineering at MIT, and Biekert will study atomic, molecular and optical physics but hasn’t decided where he will study. To see the full article on the Pomona College website, click here.

Also alum Ben Murphy ’13 was selected for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is headed to Oregon State University to study geophysics.

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