VIRTUAL Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Department of Physics at Arizona State University is proud to hold it's 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium as a virtual event!

This is an event for current students to share their work while gaining conference and presentation experience. We invite all current physics majors to share their research and experience with Faculty, Alumni, Friends, and Family! Register as a presenter or a guest to reserve your seat at the live event, which will stream via Zoom. 

Friday, April 9, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Presenter Registration

Attendee RSVP

Meet our panel of judges! 


Alex Brimhall

Alex Brimhall, ASU grad with degree in Physics, minor in Secondary Education, and undergraduate research in Experimental Physics, Materials Science Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Upon graduation, was offered a position at joint venture between Intel and Micron, and began work for Micron Technology, Inc. once the joint venture was discontinued. Current position is in process control engineering: leveraging process data to code innovative control methodologies and optimize recipe parameters in semiconductor manufacturing. Alex Brimhall | LinkedIn



Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Arizona State University in 2020 as the Dean's Medalist. During her time at ASU, she performed experimental physics research with Dr. Anna Zaniewski and Dr. Robert Nemanich involving the fabrication of diamond-based radiation detectors and their physical characteristics. She was also involved in ASU's Sundial Project, first as a mentee, then as an academic facilitator and mentor. She is currently earning her PhD from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering, and her current research centers on crystallizing organic materials to be used in devices such as solar cells.



Sebastian Sandersius

Sebastian Sandersius was a physics undergraduate at ASU from 2002-2005.  He remained at ASU for graduate studies in physics under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Newman.  Sebastian received in his PhD in 2010 and went on to establish businesses in manufacturing.  

Rules & Requirements


8-minute Slide & Audio Presentation
Please submit a recorded copy of your presentation - with narration and slides - in video format. You may use any presentation software, such as PowerPoint and Google Slides. Using a webcam to record your own image is optional. Your presentation can discuss the purpose of your study, background information and data, research questions, methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations or next steps. We recommend that you have your faculty advisor review your recording before submitting. 


Please submit a brief biography to introduce yourself to the Symposium judges and attendees, and include a high-resolution photo. 

Awards & Rules:

TWO Department of Physics Research Awards - 1-  $800, 1 - $500 

  1. Student must be a physics major.
  2. Student must be conducting physics-related research.
  3. Student research advisor may be outside of the physics department.

Women in Physics Award for Undergraduate Research - $500  

  1. Student must be a physics major.
  2. Student must be conducting physics-related research.
  3. Student research advisor may be outside of the physics department.
  4. Student must identify as female.

The John and Richard Jacob Award For Undergraduate Research - $300 prize awarded to undergraduate research in Physics or Astrophysics

  1. Student must submit a separate application through our main physics scholarship page. All applicants are required to present at the symposium.
  2. Student must be a BS in physics or BS in physics education.
  3. Student must be on-track to graduate within nine months of the date of the award.
  4. Student's participation in the research program must be on a formal basis, either through an established program, through registration for university research credit, or as a paid employee under the supervisor's grant.
  5. The award recipient must have contributed substantially to the results of the research.


Recording your  narrated slide presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint

Recording narration for existing slide presentations using Screencast-O-Matic

General tips for creating, recording, uploading, and sharing your video presentation

Past Panel Judges

Past Panel Judges

Spring 2020

Marian Benton - Marian graduated from ASU with her B.S. in Physics in 2011. She has worked for Intel since shortly after graduation and focuses her career on process development and directly supporting the manufacturing team at the Chandler R&D site. During her time as an undergrad she worked under Dr. Rogier Windhorst as a TA for Astronomy labs. She was also a technician in a private lab producing eyeglass lenses, which is where she became interested in the manufacturing process and how to improve it. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, their cats, and gardening. 

Stephanie Cope - Stephanie is a Solution Architect for Intel’s Global Health and Life Science business where she focuses on edge-to-cloud compute architectures to support the digital transformation for laboratories, hospitals and clinics. Prior to her current role, Stephanie managed defect metrology for Intel's high volume manufacturing. Her experience spans from research in protein dynamics and aggregation, to advanced metrology and predictive analytics for pharma, biotech and semiconductor manufacturers. Stephanie holds a PhD in Physics from ASU and a BS in Physics from Georgetown. 

Brianna Thorpe - During her time in ASU's physics program, Brianna served as Chair of the student organisation Sundial while conducting experimental nuclear physics research through Thomas Jefferson National Lab. After graduating with honors, she went on to earn a Master's of Law in Patent Practice from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and went on to work as a patent agent at one of the largest law firms in the world, prosecuting artifical intelligence based counter-cyber-terrorism related patent applications. Her heart has always remained true to physics research and she is extremely excited to be starting her PhD in experimental particle astrophysics at the University of Utah in Fall 2020. In her free time, Brianna is devoted to tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth. She also rides horses, fights Muay Thai, cooks, is training a Search and Rescue/trick/agility dog, and is working to establish her own independent patent firm.