Physics interacts with society in many important ways. Within the university, the physics department teaches many undergraduate classes to help prepare future engineers and other scientists for their future careers.
Dr. Anna Zaniewski has two fields of interest: 1) nanoscale materials and 2) physics education with an emphasis on mentoring. In her nansocale materials research, Zaniewski works in the Nemanich lab on graphene, diamond, ferrolectrics, and metal nanoparticles. She primarily mentors undergraduate and masters students in research. Recent projects include growing dielectric films on graphene using atomic layer deposition, patterning metal nanoparticles with electric fields produced by ferroelectrics, and investigating photochemical reactions. In her physics education work, Zaniewski is the lead faculty mentor for the Sundial project, which supports incoming physics and SESE freshmen via a summer program, mentoring, and leadership opportunities. She is also a co-founder and leader in the Access Network, an NSF funded national network of programs similar to Sundial.