NOVA Honors Symposium

Hello Bright NOVA Students!

Have you been working on an academic project and you are ready to share your results? Or, perhaps, you would like to gain experience in presenting your work at conferences. Here is an opportunity for you to showcase your research, hone your presenting skills, or simply come and see what your fellow bright students have been doing.

NOVA’s Honors Program is holding its Spring 2018 Honors Symposium on Mar. 24, 2018 on the Annandale campus.  You do not need to be placed in the Honors Program to present. For more details, check with the Event Calendar.

Guidelines for submission of proposals

Honors Symposium Proposal Submission and Registration

Deadline for submission of proposals is Tuesday, Mar. 20, 11:59 pm.  You will be notified via email if your proposal has been accepted by Wednesday, Mar. 21.

The Symposium itself will be held on Friday, Mar. 24, 12-3 on the Annandale campus. The details with the room numbers will be emailed later to the registrants.

Guidelines for presentations

All presentations should be 10-12 minutes long.  There will be 1-2 minutes time for questions. Other people’s work should be marked clearly as such and proper citations should be included.

All presentations will be evaluated for the following components included in this Symposium Rubric 2018.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, feel free to contact me.

T. Stantcheva, PhD
Professor of Physics
Alexandria Campus Honors Chair


Loser-Savkar Women in Science PaTHS Scholarship

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and the College Financial Aid Office are pleased to announce the availability of the Loser-Savkar Women in Science PaTHS Scholarship listed below for the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Semesters. The scholarship was established to encourage completion of the AS in Science degree at NOVA and to support science-related career paths for women.

The scholarship is designed to help full-time or part-time female students who are in a science-related curriculum as part of an AS in Science degree program at NOVA. Students must have have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, and have completed at least 24 credits at NOVA with at least 12 science credits in BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, NAS, and PHY courses. Up to 6 science course credits earned at other institutions or through testing programs are acceptable if they appear on the student’s NOVA transcript.

The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and can be applied to tuition and course materials for the summer and fall 2018.

The deadline for application is February 16, 2018. For more details about the scholarship are posted onthe Loser-Savkar Scholarship page. To apply for the Scholarship, go directly to the NOVA Educational Foundation scholarships page. 


Mason Transfer Information Session

Hello Alexandria students,

We will have a Mason’s admission representative visiting our campus to discuss transfer and admission requirements. If you have questions or simply wish to learn more about transfer to Mason, stop by room AA 196 of Bisdorf Building on Thursday, Feb. 8 , 11:30 – 1:00 pm.

The Campus contact person for this event is Michael Donnelly who can be reached at


NOVA students attend CUWiP at George Washington University

NOVA students with interest in physics, engineering, or other physical sciences attended the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics organized by the George Washington University and sponsored by the American Physical Society. The conference took place  from January 12th to 14th, 2018, at GW’s downtown Washington DC campus. Student had opportunity to visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on Friday, and attend plenary talks, workshops, and poster sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Students from the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia attended. More than 10 NOVA female science students attended most of them having taking their classes at the Alexandria and Loudoun campuses.

The plenary speakers included Kawtar Hafidi from Argonne National Laboratory, Patricia Burchat from Stanford University, Nancy Jo Nicholas from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Luz Martinez-Miranda from University of Maryland. Students could choose among concurrent workshops on transfer from 2-yr to 4-yr institutions, how to succeed in non-academic science-related job, and how to find support for under-represented minorities in physics. The expenses of attendances including meals and accommodation were covered by the organizers for all our NOVA students who were able to enjoy this unique opportunity completely free of charge.


Spring 2018 Courses and Syllabi

Spring 2018

Phy 101 – Estefania Coluccio Leskow

Phy 130 – John Pavco

Phy 150 – Cathy Bunge

Phy 201 – Walter Wimbush

Phy 201 – Jifi Shojan

Phy 202 – Walter Wimbush

Phy 202 – Estefania Coluccio Leskow – Schedule

Phy 231 – Alejandro de la Puente

Phy 231 – Catherine Rastovski

Phy 231 – Branislav Djordjevic

Phy 232 – Walter Wimbush

Phy 232 – Tatiana StantchevaGradingSchedule

Phy 232 – Sugata Chowdhury

8th Annual Mathematics Contest

The Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Division at the Alexandria campus is holding its 8th Annual Mathematics Contest on Nov. 14, 2017. The event will take place in the Bisdorf Building of the Alexandria campus, room AA 196 from 2 to 4 pm. Come, challenge your mathematics knowledge and abilities, and win prizes.

The prizes include Gift Cards in the range of $50 – $100. All winners will receive Certificate of Recognition.

The Competition has two parts. Part 1 is at the pre-calculus level. All students currently enrolled in MTH 163, MTH 164, or MTH 166 are eligible to participate. Topics cover the first three chapters of Precalculus by Blitzer.

Part 2 is MTT Competition and is open to students enrolled in the developmental mathematics courses. You will be using Kahoot! for the MTT part of the competition.

If you are planning to participate, don’t forget to bring your own mobile device!

For questions or registration, contact Prof. Haddam by phone 703 845 6268 or via email



Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics comes to DC

Hello NOVA Women in Physics, Physical Sciences, or Engineering!
The Physics Department at the Alexandria campus has been collaborating with the George Washington University on bringing an APS-sponsored Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) in January 2018. The application is now open and closes on Friday, October 13, 2017.

What, Where, and When

If you are a woman studying physics or related field at NOVA, you have the unique opportunity to attend CUWiP in January hosted by the George Washington University.  You do not really need to be a declared Physics major, only be taking or have taken Physics classes, and be interested in career opportunities in Physics.
The conference is sponsored by the American Physical Society and is hosted by the George Washington University. It runs Friday evening, January 12, till Sunday afternoon, January 14,  2018.


Lodging and meals will be provided for participants who are accepted to the conference. In the past, CUWiP has been able to ensure that nearly all students had travel support either through their department or through the conference. For inquiries, email

How To Apply And More Information

Here is the original letter of invitation to apply.  More information about the conference is available at:

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 13, 2017.

For questions or other inquiries, feel free to email the organizer, Prof. Evangeline Downie at The contact person at NOVA is the Assistant Dean for Physics at the Alexandria campus, Prof. Tatiana Stantcheva