Resumé - Davidson Physics

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SHARON E. MEIDT
6317 Browning Road
Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109
856-663-7603
PO Box 6212
Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina 28035-6212
704-894-5790
Education
Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.; B.S. candidate, May 2003: major in physics with
math concentration
Pennsauken High School, Pennsauken, N.J., 1999.
Academic Experience
Poster: (with Dr. Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College) APS April Meeting 2003,
Philadelphia; General Relativity Simulations Using Open Source Physics.
Presentation: (with Dr. Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College) 7th Annual Fall Joint
Meeting of the NCS-AAPT, SACS-AAPT, and SPS, October 2002; General Relativity
Simulations Using Open Source Physics.
Presentation: California Institute of Technology, Summer Undergraduate Research
Fellowships (SURF), August 2002; Non-Gaussian Noise in LIGO’s Thermal Noise
Interferometer.
Presentation: (with J.K. Krebs and D.M. Boye, Davidson College) 154th annual AAPT
meeting in Philadelphia, January 2002; Investigations of coincident transitions in Tm3+
doped sol-gel silicate glasses.
Presentation: (with J.K. Krebs and D.M. Boye, Davidson College; U. Happek, University
of Georgia; A.J. Silversmith, Hamilton College) Southeastern Section of the American
Physical Society meeting in Virginia, November 2001; Optical studies of sol-gel silica
co-doped with chromium and thulium.
Presentation: North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) competition, April 2001;
Production and optical studies of thin film silica.
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Publication: (with J.K. Krebs and D.M.Boye, Davidson College) Journal of the Elisha
Mitchell Scientific Society, Vol 116, Winter 2000, number 4; Production and optical
studies of thin film silica.
Presentation: Davidson College Physics Department, September 2001; Production and
optical studies of thin film silica; Photo-excitation studies of Tm3+doped sol-gel silica
glass.
Employment
Summer, 2002; Research associate, mentored by Dr. Eric Black, California Institute of
Technology: Design and implementation of both hardware and software components for
the data acquisition of non-Gaussian noise in LIGO’s (Laser Interferometer
Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Thermal Noise Interferometer.
Summer, 2001; Research associate, employed by Dr. J. K. Krebs, Davidson College:
assembly, modification and implementation of testing and analysis procedures for
absorption and emission data on Cr3+, Ce3+, and Tm3+ sol-gel silica glasses.
Guest student of Dr. Uwe Happek, University of Georgia: silica glass sample preparation
and production techniques, including chemical analysis and testing of various processing
and curing methods.
2000-2001: Work-study, Davidson College Department of Physics. Grader and ad-hoc
tutor. Additional services rendered in the design and construction of a thin-film dipcoating machine; organizing inventory and repair equipment in Electronics department.
1999-2000: Work-study, Davidson College Department of Physics. Laboratory specialist
in the newly renovated building: construct classroom and lab set-ups, repair equipment,
organize and inventory lab materials and storage rooms, install and organize department
library.
Summer 1997 and 1998: laboratory assistant, Pennsauken High School: Constructed
laboratory apparatus, organized demo/laboratory storage room, tested and repaired
equipment for physics, and chemistry.
Relevant Course Work
Physics I & II, Modern Physics, Computational Physics, Mathematical Methods for
Scientists, Electronics and Instrumentation, Intermediate Mechanics, Electricity and
Magnetism, Intermediate Laboratory, Quantum Mechanics, Astrophysics, Independent
Study in General Relativity, Calculus I & II, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra,
Vector Calculus, Partial Differential Equations
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Extra
Knowledge of C, C++ and Java programming languages, Unix Operating System, IDL,
LabView
Accomplishments
Member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
Member of Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society
January 2003, performed role of Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro, W.A. Mozart,
Davidson College
NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) participant, sponsored by Ms.
Jacquelyn Culpepper, January 2002
First place, vocalist, Davidson College Concerto/Aria Competition, 2001
Honorable mention, North Carolina Academy of Science competition, April 2001
Harper Scholarship holder, vocal (1999-200, 2000-2001, 2001-2002)
Guest soloist with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Milton Crotts, director
Ensemble member, The Robber Bridegroom (musical), 2001, Keith Martin, director
Geraldine, A Hand of Bridge, Davidson College Opera Workshop, 1999, Ms. Connie
Rhyne-Bray, director
Davidson Delilahs (a capella singing group): member since 1999; arranger, 1999-2002;
group leader since 2001
Valedictorian, Pennsauken High School 1999
Recipient, Physics award, Pennsauken High School 1999
Participant, Odyssey of the Mind, Pennsauken High School 1996-1999
References
Eric Black, Ph.D., Lecturer in Physics
California Institute of Technology
Mail Code 264-33
Pasadena, CA 91125
Daniel Boye, Ph.D., Professor of Physics
Davidson College
P.O. Box 7133
Davidson, NC, 28036-7133
Wolfgang Christian, Ph.D., Professor of Physics
Davidson College
P.O. Box 7133
Davidson, NC, 28036-7133
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J. Kenneth Krebs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics
Franklin and Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA, 17604-3003
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