Recent Publications by Hope Physics Majors

In the first quarter of 2021, four research papers authored by former and current Hope College physics majors were accepted for publication.

Cole Persch (class of 2020), now in a Ph.D. Program at UC-Boulder

β-decay Feeding intensity distributions of 71,73Ni, Phys. Rev. C103, 055808 (2021). DOI:

Scott Joffre (class of 2020), now in a Ph.D. program at Clemson

Comparing electrochemical analysis and particle induced X-ray emission measurements of Prussian Blue Analogue deposits, Discover Materials 1, 13 (2021), DOI:

Blake Harlow (class of 2022)

Nitrogen Beams with a National Electrostatics Corporation Alphatross Source and a 5SDH Accelerator, Accepted for publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics.

Jason Gombas (class of 2019), now in a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University

β-decay Feeding Intensity Distributions for 103,104mNb, Phys. Rev. C103, 035803 (2021), DOI:

Summer Research Program 2021

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2019 Summer Research Students and Faculty

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Choose from a range of research projects:

The dates for the 2020 Research Program are May 24 to July 30, unless otherwise indicated.

Students selected for the Summer Research Program will receive a stipend. Housing assistance is also provided 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

Applications will be reviewed starting February 26, 2021. We do not anticipate offering any positions to students from other institutions in 2020.

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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

Stephen Remillard’s Microplasma Research Highlighted in Spera

The third annual issue of Spera, Hope’s pulication for faculty research, scholarship and creative performance, highlighted Dr. Stephen Remillard’s research studying microplasmas, how they can be generated, and their properties.

“There’s a very limited understanding of plasma starting in very small places,” Remillard says. “That’s what’s neat about microplasma: everything we knew about macroplasmas has to be modified, and that’s what we’re working on.”

From Industrial Glitch to Research Focus

Dr. Remillard’s work with students in the Microwave Lab is currently supported by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Paul DeYoung Receives New NSF Grant

Dr. DeYoung’s new grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded last summer, will support the Hope College Nuclear Group in their ongoing research on campus as well as at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State.

Through one project, DeYoung and his students are examining the specifics of nuclear reactions and the decays that happen in supernovae, which involve unimaginably massive nuclear blasts, and the merging of neutron stars across the millennia have played — and continue to play — in generating the elements found throughout the universe.  It’s research that the Hope group is pursuing with the NSCL’s Summing NaI (SuN) group, an international team of scientists focused on nuclear astrophysics.

In the other project, the Hope group, along with the national Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) collaboration, is seeking to understand the force that holds the nucleus together.  The team is studying nuclei that have had many extra neutrons added, to see how they behave.

New NSF Grant Supports Hope Nuclear Group in Asking Big Questions

When the current three-year award concludes, Paul and the Nuclear Group will have had 37 years of continuous funding from the NSF.

Paul DeYoung Receives College’s Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award

Paul DeYoung with Provost Short-Thompson and the other award winners.

At the recent Faculty Recognition Luncheon, Dr. Paul DeYoung was the recipient of the Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award. The annual award is given to a faculty member “who is first a superior teacher and who also contributes significantly in some other area of professional life.”

His nomination letter read in part:

Paul has the willingness and expertise to teach nearly the entire physics curriculum from the algebra-based introductory course up through quantum mechanics. He is scheduled to teach the single course of the core physics offerings that he has not taught yet, Statistical Mechanics, next fall.

Paul’s research program received its first funding in response to an RUI request to the NSF during his first semester at Hope College. Since that first award in 1986 the funding has been continuous.

Congratulations Paul!