Department of Physics

UNI students to present at annual physics conference


Paul Shand, interim department head and professor, Department of Physics, 319-273-2930,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two physics majors from the University of Northern Iowa will present their research at the annual March meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) on Monday, March 3, through Friday, March 7, in Denver, Colo. This is the largest physics meeting in the world. It attracts approximately 10,000 physicists, scientists and students.

Courtney Keiser, from Mason City, researched phase transformation, electrical and thermal conductivity, and the mechanism of surface oxidation of thermoelectric and topological insulator nanostructures. Keiser is advised by Rui He, assistant professor of physics, and is supported by a Petroleum Research Foundation grant awarded to He.

Corbyn Mellinger, from Center Point, will describe and interpret data that indicate there are multiple transitions between magnetic phases as the temperature of a sample of magnetic nanostructures is lowered. Mellinger's research is advised by Paul Shand, interim department head and professor in the Department of Physics, and is supported by an external research grant from the National Science Foundation.

Keiser and Mellinger will present in a special session for undergraduate researchers at the meeting. For additional information, contact Shand at 319-273-2425 or