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Analyzing … thinking critically … understanding — physics is the basis for everything! Students of physics at Mary Baldwin take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences. By combining physics courses with other sciences, or “clustering”, students broaden their opportunities for further study and in the work force.

Students can pursue a BS with a major in physics. Physics also is available as a minor.

Why study physics at Mary Baldwin University?

  • physics is the basis for everything — it allows a deeper understanding of phenomena
  • it’s beautiful — physicists use the elegance of mathematics to describe phenomena
  • the study of physics develops analytical and critical thinking skills
  • employers look for numerical reasoning skills as well as analytical skills

American Physical Society Answers: Why Study Physics

Undergraduate Physics Research at Mary Baldwin
Within the exciting field of novel nanoelectronic devices, Dr. Gergel-Hackett’s research focus is with a device known as the memristor. The memristor is a device that has been proposed to be the fourth missing circuit element, exhibiting completely unique electrical properties. It has been theorized that these memristive behaviors could lead to breakthroughs in an entirely new paradigm of computing that uses less energy and is more efficient. Because the memristor is such a new technology, studying the physics and operation of this device is exciting and has the potential to enable a wealth of discovery. Dr. Gergel-Hackett regularly has opportunities for undergraduate students to work with her in the lab on this research.

If you are interested in learning more about the research that is taking place at Mary Baldwin University with memristors, please contact Dr. Nadine Gergel-Hackett and watch this short video that was filmed while Dr. Gergel-Hackett was a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Nadine Gergel-Hackett

Associate Professor of Physics; BS, PhD, University of Virginia Dr...
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