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The Honors Program [ quote taken from ]

"The Honors Program at Moravian College offers Seniors of proven ability the opportunity to pursue a year-long study of special interest under the personal guidance of a faculty member who serves as the Honors Project Advisor. While Honors students usually choose a topic in their major, they may select another academic area or even a combination of areas. Honors study is invaluable preparation for graduate school; the experience has also proven to useful to students entering the professional world. Honors students should devote at least one-fourth of their academic activity to their projects.

The Moravian College Alumni Association generously awards two scholarships in the sum of $1500 to Honors Candidates each year. For information and an application, see the Alumni Awards page.

Students usually participate in the Honors Program during their last two semesters at Moravian, typically the Fall and Spring of their senior year. However, students are encouraged to apply for Spring/Fall participation (or other sequences) if they have other obligations during their senior year (such as student teaching) or if they intend to finish all of their requirements in the Fall."

Past Honors Projects in Physics / Earth Science
Year Student Project Title Advisor(s)
2010 Matt Bross Flow Profile of the Radial Hydraulic Jump Kelly Krieble
2010 Ben Sofka Segregation of Granular Materials in a Viscous Medium Kelly Krieble
2009 Andrew Abraham The Crystallite Size Distribution in 2-D Beds
of Randomly Close-Packed, Binary Beads
Kelly Krieble,
Yong W. Kim
2009 Deanne Dvorak Mössbauer Spectroscopy Investigation of
Ge Substituted Cobalt Ferrite
Kelly Krieble
2008 Ryan Cress The Effect of Particle Mass on the Dynamics of Avalanches on Three-Dimensional Granular Piles Kelly Krieble
2007 Matthew Devlin A Study of Ga Substituted Cobalt Ferrite
Using Mössbauer Spectroscopy
Kelly Krieble
2006 Casey J. Hoffman An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Physical Parameters on the Circular Hydraulic Jump Kelly Krieble
2005 Aditya Khanna Exploring the Nature of Environmental Feedback in Daisyworld Kelly Krieble (physics) and Gordon Williams (math)
2004 Anthony G. Costantino Foy, Peter, Dana: An Acoustical Study Joseph Powlette
2003 Aaron W. Buckner An Experimental Investigation into the Effect of a Rotational Non-Inertial Reference Frame on the Position of the Hydraulic Jump in a Radial Flow Kelly Krieble
2003 John F. Lesoine A Rotational Study of Exchange Bias and
Coercivity in FeMn/Co Thin Films
Joseph Powlette
2003 Steven J. Sweeney An Empirical Investigation of the Effectiveness of the Magneto Optical Kerr Effect in Thin Film Investigations Joseph Powlette, Kelly Krieble
2001 Lauren Chaykin Investigation of the Magneto-Optical Kerr
Effect in Thin Multi-Layered Magnetic Films
Joseph Powlette
2001 Laurie Sibbach Experimental Studies in the NaK Triplet States John Huennekens
2000 David R. Hart An Experimental Study of Quench Rates of Amorphous Materials Using Mössbauer Spectroscopy Kelly Krieble
2000 Chad N. Weiler Investigation of Multi-Layered Ferromagnetic
Thin Films Using Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect
Joseph Powlette,
A. Reilly
1999 Megan R. Leahy An Experimental Study of the Spontaneous Amplification of Light in the Photorefractive
David McGee
1995 Thea Elizabeth Dravecz CCD Imaging of Selected Reference and Double Stars Joe Gerencher
1989 Matthew John Burnard Monte Carlo Simulation of Electron
Transport in a Helium Gas
Y. Kim
1988 Ignacio Mosqueira Computer Simulation for Shock
Formation in a Free Expansion Flow
Y. Kim
1988 Michael Thomas Witkowski A Study of Resonant Responses
in a Nonlinear Oscillator
Jack Ridge
1986 Kelly Kreible Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Amorphous
Materials as a Function of Temperature
near Their Curie Temperature
Joseph Powlette
1985 Harris Hoke An Investigation of the Ferromagnetic and Paramagnetic Mossbauer Spectra of Fe32Ni36Cr14P12B6 Joseph Powlette
1982 Joseph P. Lynn A Study of Crystallization of Amorphous Iron Bearing Alloys by X-ray Diffraction Joseph Powlette
1982 Christopher A. Shuman A Multivariate Statistical Analysis of the Interrelationships Between Selected Physical and Chemical Variables of Coals Sampled from a Five County Region of Western Pennsylvania Joe Gerencher
1980 John E. Snyder The Mössbauer Effect of an Amorphous Iron-Containing Material near the Curie Temperature Joseph Powlette
1977 E. Thomas Moyer Use of an Electron Conversion Detector
for Mössbauer Corrosion Studies
Joseph Powlette
1977 Frederick S. Patt The Motion of Charged Particles in
Selected Electromagnetic Fields
Jack Ridge
1971 Robert Paul Flicker Determination of the Neel Temperature of Antiferromagnetic FeF3 Using Mössbauer Spectroscopy Joseph Powlette
1969 Larry Frederick Sine Experimental Study of Mössbauer
Source Preparation
Joseph Powlette
1968 Robert J. Semper The Mössbauer Effect: An Experimental
Study of the Hyperfine Structure in Fe57
Joseph Powlette
1963 H. Joseph Trodahl A Study of the Variation of the Hall Effect with Magnetic Field in a Single Crystal Germanium Sample Jack Ridge
1960 Joseph L. Powlette A Study of Thermocouples Jack Ridge

"Speaker McCall Welcomes Undergraduate Research
Poster Conference at the State Capitol"

Matt BrossHARRISBURG, Oct. 20, 2009 – Speaker of the House Keith R. McCall, D-Carbon, today welcomed some of Pennsylvania's brightest and most talented college and university students to Harrisburg for the Undergraduate Research Poster Conference at the Capitol.

The event brings together college students, faculty and Pennsylvania legislators and staff to share the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research or scholarship at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Thirty-nine undergraduate students and 21 faculty advisors from 49 Pennsylvania colleges and universities presented their research in the Capitol's East Wing. Their projects address research questions in the physical, life and social sciences, engineering, information technology and humanities.

"The sophistication of these projects demonstrates the intellectual ability of the students who attend the Commonwealth's colleges and universities. Their work is a testimonial to the dedication of the faculty who mentor them, and I am confident that these students will learn a lot through participating in this conference," McCall said.

Each student created a poster that presents a research question, the procedures the students used to answer it and the results. During the day-long event, the students defended their work by explaining their research and results to legislators, staff, lobbyists and Capitol visitors.

The event was sponsored by McCall, the Legislative Office for Research Liaison, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities. This is the fifth poster conference to take place at the Capitol.

The SOAR Program [ quote taken from ]

"SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) is a Moravian College program which provides stipends, travel allowances, and research expenses to support students, in any discipline, who are engaged in scholarly or creative activity with faculty members. Since scholarship takes different forms in different disciplines, SOAR is designed to be as general and inclusive as possible. SOAR also serves the Moravian College community by keeping it in touch with organizations that develop and support undergraduate research."

Past SOAR Projects
Semester Student Project Title Advisor(s)
Summer 2010 Andrew Watson Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Cobalt Ferrites
[ Poster ] [ *.ppt Presentation ]
Kelly Krieble
Neil Dobracki Computer Interfacing of a
Granular Flow Experiment
Kelly Krieble


Aditya Khanna The Dynamics of a Sputtering
(Under Powered) Laser
Kelly Krieble
Cory Lowe Investigation of Pattern Formation Phenomena in Fluid Dynamics - The Hydraulic Jump Kelly Krieble
Charles Gero Network Distribution of Seismic
Data and Event Registration
Joseph Gerencher
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