It’s not every day that you get to meet a Nobel Laureate. But three physics students working with Dr. Peter Gonthier this summer did just that!
While working at NASA Goddard this summer at the start of the Department’s Summer Research Program, Astrophysics Group research students Madeleine Rabitoy, Noah Giddings, and Meredith Bomers had a chance to meet John Mather, senior astrophysicst at Goddard, and 2006 Physics Nobel Laureate.
Made is a sophomore, and Noah and Meredith are first year students this fall. All three were in their first summer working for Dr. Gonthier.
The dates for the 2018 Research Program are May 21 to July 27, unless otherwise indicated.
Students selected for the Summer Research Program will receive a stipend of $5300 for 10 weeks. Housing assistance is also provided at 50% if the student lives on campus.
Incoming Hope College students hired for the Bridge Research Program will be paid at a reduced rate for a duration to be arranged. Students interested in Bridge Research should contact the Department at email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed starting February 12, 2018. We do not anticipate offering any positions to students from other institutions in 2018.
For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent years, funding for the Summer Research Program has been provided by:
National Science Foundation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Department of Energy
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Michigan Space Grant Consortium
Hope College Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development Fund
Hope College Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences
Hope College Bibart Research Fund
Hope College Department of Physics
Hope College Department of Physics Dr. Harry and Jeannette Frissel Research Fund
Hope College Department of Physics L.T. Guess Research Fund
Time travel, long imagined by writers and dreamers, is not as far-fetched as you might believe. Sure, it seems fantastical and improbable — the imaginings of which are only meant for postulations and movies — but astrophysicists do it all the time.
And so did Hope College freshman Jeff Engle in the summer of 2016 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. All it took was expensive, highly powered, one-of-a-kind stellar equipment called the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope. That and funding and guidance from the Hope College physics department and Professor Dr. Peter Gonthier.