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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

Featured Undergraduates: Spring 2021 (I)

Junior BA Major Claudia Chambliss.

Claudia Chambliss is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.  She is doing research in the acoustics; a study of the ultrasonic properties of mammalian brain tissue, under the guidance of Dr. Cecille Labuda.  Claudia is our new Price Scholarship awardee and she also holds one of our Bolen Scholarships.


In her own words:

“I am a junior, double majoring in Physics and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi. I plan to go to medical school after I graduate. My experience in the physics department here has been beyond exceptional. The department has provided me with so much guidance and opportunity for professional and personal growth. My love for the field grew exponentially when I took physics 214 with Dr. Meyer, who was like a mentor to me. She provided me with not only more knowledge and aid with understanding the material, but also advice on how to become more involved within the department. She introduced me to Society of Physics Students and encouraged me to reach out to professors who were conducting research. This led to my research under Dr. Labuda’s guidance, who has also been an amazing mentor. Dr. Labuda provided me with tremendous opportunities, academic and financial. She helped me prepare for giving talks at conferences, making a poster to present our research, and has gone out of her way to ensure that I had all the resources I needed to succeed in the field. The research I have been doing, consists of analyzing the ultrasonic properties of sheep brain. I recently used ImageJ, an imaging processing software, to make parametric images of the ultrasonic properties of sheep brain and measure the speed of sound of ultrasonic pulses that were propagated through brain tissue.  I am currently studying whether white and grey matter in the brain can be differentiated with respect to the ultrasonic properties of each tissue type.”




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. 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.