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"During the visit, it became clear that the department has carefully fostered a culture where students are the top priority — as evidenced by hiring decisions, curriculum revisions, and the amount of non-required contact hours that the faculty members spend with students. Faculty seem to invest themselves fully in all their students and value them equally, regardless of the student's potential or career plans."
The report went on to site things like faculty often eating lunch with students on campus, participating in volunteer opportunities with students and giving a tremendous amount of support to student research and advising. The department clearly becomes a family of people, all mutually invested in one another's success.
Chris HoppThe physics and astronomy department is a top of the line department at UWEC. Students and professors can have conversations outside of the typical professor-student interactions.This type of relationship is something that I feel many departments on campus lack, and this is why the physics department is so unique.
A UW-Eau Claire sophomore public relations major shares her first-person story about how a patient physics professor inspired and motivated her when she found herself struggling in her science class during her first semester as a college student.Dr. Pierson's impact
At present I am involved in two projects.
One project has been funded by the "Materials Research Society". It involves determining the conditions under which long finger-like structures form on the surface of Ag/Cu alloys during ion bombardment. Our results are important to those involved in surface characterization of alloys.
The other project involves large aspect ratio interconnect metallization. In this project we are taking advantage of the unique properties of our ion source. The goal is to develop a sputtering technique to fill the deep trenches used as interconnects between devices on integrated circuits.
We are also processing Transmission Electron Microscopy samples for a local semiconductor company.
Students are involved in these projects at all levels of sophistication and receive course credits or hourly pay for their work. In addition, during the last few years we have presented our work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, local and national meetings of the American Vacuum Society, American Physical Society March Meeting, other midwest university conferences and the annual UWEC Student Research Day.
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