July 20, 2024

UMW’s Summer Enrichment Program Mixes College-Level Learning With Fredericksburg Fun

From mixing paint pigments to mixing music, high school students in UMW’s Summer Enrichment Program signed up for a week of college-level learning paired with outdoor activities in the Fredericksburg area. By day three in the week-long program, they had visited Ferry Farm and Kenmore, picked up litter along the Rappahannock River and tied flies […]

Field Trip Gets Elementary School Students Excited About STEM

Elephant toothpaste. The giant glob of sudsy foam created in a classroom experiment gave Battlefield Elementary School student Aidan Muller a thought: “Chemistry is cool!” The whimsical tooth wash – hydrogen peroxide mixed with dish soap and a healthy dose of imagination – was part of a fall field trip designed to get students excited […]

Makhija Recognized Nationally for Student Mentoring

Assistant Professor of Physics Varun Makhija

Assistant Professor of Physics Varun Makhija

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) national office has recognized Varun Makhija as a nominee for its outstanding chapter advisor award.  The Society recognizes the annual award as “the most prestigious SPS award.” Of the hundreds of campus chapters nationally, less than a dozen chapter advisors receive nominee recognition yearly.  SPS serves as a catalyst for student support, identity and belonging, while also propagating informal programs that connect campus and community with science literacy.  The UMW SPS Chapter also received Outstanding chapter designations in 19-20 and 21-22, which place them in the top 10% nationally. The recipient of the Outstanding Advisor award will be announced on Oct. 8 at the national Physics Congress in D.C.