Research

At Presbyterian College, undergraduate students have opportunities for physics research like nowhere else in the country.

Though we are small, we are good at what we do, and educate students to have experience and skills that are very rare among undergraduates.

At most colleges, it is usual for undergraduates to have few research opportunities that involve working closely with a professor. And often, at small institutions, when students do work closely with professors, it is on trivial projects that are not cutting edge science. This is still a valuable learning opportunity for students. But what if one can do better?

At Presbyterian College, we do.

We have several unique opportunities that have involved students in physics and engineering research to study stress in the soles of running shoes, in faculty mentored materials research at National Research Laboratories, and in Space Weather research. The major research laboratory on campus is SWURL, the Space Weather Undergraduate Research Laboratory, funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Student researchers in SWURL contribute to several projects. Unusual for a small liberal arts institution, the research that students are involved with is cutting edge science, the type that normally only graduate students and postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to explore, at large research institutions. This creates unique opportunities, not present elsewhere in any other program on campus.

Several students have presented research at international scientific conferences, and several undergraduate students have published in international journals, an extremely rare feat at any college in the country. Students have also traveled internationally to perform research, most recently to South Korea.