Twenty-eight students to participate in S.C. Physics Scholars Institute at FMU
FLORENCE, S.C. – Twenty-eight South Carolina and North Carolina high schoolers will participate in the second annual S.C. Physics Scholars Institute at Francis Marion University, Feb. 21-23.
The program will focus on nuclear physics, astronomy, laser physics and computational physics. Students will be introduced to the methods of thought and understanding that are used in physics and astronomy. They will perform experiments, analyze data and be encouraged to make sense of their observations in a scientific manner.
Numerous academic and social activities are also planned. The event will kick off with a welcoming reception that will be hosted by the faculty and students of the FMU Department of Physics and Astronomy. The core academic experience of the institute will be participation in advanced experiments in physics and astronomy. Participants will receive tours of FMU’s signature laboratories, and there will be group activities in the FMU observatory.
All participants were nominated by their high school physics teachers, and have demonstrated aptitude in science and mathematics.
“The FMU Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to host some of the state’s brightest high school juniors and seniors for this event,” said David Peterson, chair of the FMU physics and astronomy department and director of the institute. “These outstanding students will have a great opportunity to learn more about all areas of physics through a variety of experiments and other academic activities.”
Participants in the S.C. Physics Scholars Institute, by hometown, are:
Anderson: Drew Hogg, Mark Manganello and Justin Rowland, T.L. Hanna High
Charleston: Sean Monahan, Cathedral Academy
Columbia: Chazz Sims, Ben Lippen High
Darlington: Dave Cohen and Kenny Winburn, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology
Effingham: Jessica Perkins, Christian Assembly
Florence: Kasey Bradley, Home School; Eric Fulmer, Florence Christian; Hunter Summersett, West Florence High; Sheng Zheng, South Florence High
Fort Mill: Eddie Szeman, Fort Mill Independent
Hartsville: Josh Tripp, Hartsville High
Hemingway: Brian Owens, Carvers Bay High
Hopkins: Taylor Smith, Hammond Academy
Liberty: Ryan Rahn, Pickens High
Moncks Corner: Frank New, Timberland High
Moore: Jefferson Whisenant, Spartanburg Day School
North Augusta: Nathan Towles, North Augusta High
North Charleston: Morgan Alber, Cathedral Academy
Orangeburg: Bashir Hamidi, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High
Rock Hill: Collin Smith, Palmetto Home School
Simpsonville: Zach Wilson, Palmetto High
Spartanburg: William Weir, Spartanburg High
Williamston: Aaron Leonard, Palmetto High
Fayetteville: Jessica Glatz, Terry Sanford High
Parkton: Kevin Barkett, South View High
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