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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

Featured Undergraduates: Fall 2020 (I)

Senior BS Major Scott Chumley, Dual Major in Physics and Mathematics and Honors Student.

Scott Chumley is a senior pursuing two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.  He is an honors student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and is doing research in physical acoustics, one of our major research areas, for his honors thesis.

In his research, Scott is using vibrometry to study mode shapes of helical structures being driven at low frequencies, under the guidance of Dr. Joel Mobley, at the National Center for Physical Acoustics.  After graduating in May, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. of Physics with a focus in physical acoustics.

In his own words:

“I am very grateful to both the Physics and Mathematics Departments because the high-quality education I’ve received has allowed me to gain a much deeper perspective regarding what’s possible when studying Physics.  I am incredibly grateful to have spent these four years with the Physics and Mathematics Departments, and I have enjoyed learning from so many capable, inspiring faculty members. Thanks to them, I’m even more excited to continue my education.”




We encourage all our students to do research with our faculty and staff. Opportunities for great experiences are open to all our students in all our main research areas: atmospheric physics, condensed matter physics, gravitational physics, high energy physics and physical acoustics. Projects are also available in digital electronics as well as other areas. Students in the B.S. program are required to complete 2 credit hours of the physics research courses, Physics 463 and/or 464 and students in the B.A. program are encouraged to participate as well. Many students enjoy research and participate throughout their academic career outside of these courses.  Students may talk to their academic advisors for help getting started or talk directly to the people in the research areas they are interested in.