The physics and engineering physics programs at Mississippi College currently have one of the largest student populations in its long history. In the spring of 2012, we graduated our largest class in over 50 years!
Our students are involved in numerous academic and extracurricular activities. Below is a list of just a few examples of what students majoring in physics or engineering physics do outside of classroom lecture periods:
- In the summer of 2011, one of our students took part in a six week long research project at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to study the electrical behavior of lightning flashes.
- Undergraduate research opportunities are available for students on the subject of atmospheric electricity, specifically estimations of the amount of electric charge carried by lightning flashes.
- During the summers of 2010 and 2011, one of our students took part in an internship program with the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS.
- Students are encouraged to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs during the summers at colleges and universities across the nation. These programs typically last 10 weeks and in addition to providing students with a great opportunity to get hands-on project experience, they also provide students with a monetary stipend, housing, and frequently include travel and food allowances.
- Senior engineering physics students have opportunities to work on design projects as part of the requirements for ESC 450 (Senior Design).
- Many physics and engineering physics majors compete in varsity sports at Mississippi College. Our students have competed on the football team, baseball team, men's and women's track teams, men's and women's soccer teams, men's and women's tennis teams, and men's and women's cross-country teams.
- Many students are involved in organizations such as the school's social tribes, student government, MC Band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Baptist Student Union (BSU), and Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), just to name a few.