A group of NOVA students conducting undergraduate research in physics with Professor Walerian Majewski were invited to make a seminar presentation at the Physics Department at The George Washington University (GWU) on March 17. These students are members of the Society of Physics Students. At the presentation, Majewski described the program of research he has been conducting at NOVA for the last 25 years and the students, who are in Majewski’s Honors PHY 298 class, explained their individual projects.
After this seminar, GWU faculty are investigating options of having a guaranteed transfer agreement with NOVA for STEM students along with a tuition reduction for NOVA students.
Last Fall, Majewski and his students made a similar presentation for the Physics Department at George Mason University. The invitations extended to NOVA to share their experiences in undergraduate research at the freshman and sophomore levels indicate that area universities are interested in following this example by providing similar opportunities for their students.
On March 28, Majewski’s students presented their research at the regional meeting of the Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers at the University of Virginia. The meeting featured presentations by physics professors, four-year university students and NOVA as the only community college.