April 7, 2009 - Students Complete Honors Theses

The following senior mathematics and computer science students have completed theses:

  • Ryan Graham, a Physics major with an Applied Mathematics Minor, completed a thesis entitled "Quantifying the Influence of a 4.8-Tesla Magnetic Field on The α-γ Phase Transitions in Fe-0.75c Steel" for College honors. His thesis advisor was Dr. Aaron Miller (Physics). Ryan plans on attending graduate school to study civil engineering.
  • Whitney Patton, a Mathematics major, completed a thesis entitled "Comparison of the Rectangular, Polar, and Biangular Coordinate Systems as Seen Through Real and Complex Analysis" for Mathematics and Computer Science Departmental honors. Her thesis advisor was Dr. Mark Bollman. Whitney plans on pursuing a PhD in mathematics after graduation.
  • Timothy Rambo, a dual computer science and physics major with a minor in applied mathematics, completed two departmental theses. His thesis "Quantum Algorithms" was for departmental honors in Mathematics and Computer Science. His thesis advisor was Dr. Harold Connamacher. His thesis "An Algorithmic Solar Tracking System for a Solar Collector" was for departmental honors in Physics; his physics thesis advisor was Dr. Aaron Miller. Tim plans on pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering after graduation.
  • Lesley Simanton, a physics major with a minor in applied mathematics, completed a thesis entitled "Establishing Observing and Imaging Protocols for Albion College Telescopes: Investigating Instrumentation and Photometry" for College honors. Her thesis advisor was Dr. Nicolle Zellner (Physics). Lesley plans on pursuing a PhD in the area of astronomy and astrophysics after graduation.

A thesis is one of the most rigorous elements of the undergraduate experience at Albion College, a culmination of intensive independent research during a student's junior and senior years. All research and writing take place under the close supervision of a thesis committee consisting of a thesis advisor and two other faculty readers of the student's choosing. A thesis provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their capacity for independent research and provides excellent preparation for many graduate study programs. This year 55 students completed either a college or department thesis.