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Former physics students Wren Gregory and Ashlyn Rickard in graduation attire.

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Above are physics graduates Ashlyn Rickard (left) and Wren Gregory (right). See their research talk given during their senior year.

Matthew Fisher received the following offers his senior year: Presidential Fellowship, College of Optics and Photonics, Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), University of Central Florida, $25,000 twelve-month award plus 100% of tuition and fees estimated for an additional $13,500, which he accepted; Graduate Assistantship, Department of Nuclear Engineering, MIT ($1930 per month, September through May) plus tuition, which he declined; Graduate Research Assistantship, Optical Science Center, University of Arizona (academic year salary of $14,187 plus tuition and fees in the amount of $6200 and summer opportunities), which he declined.

Jeff Tharp was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where received a masters in Optical Science and Engineering. He has since joined his former UNC Asheville fellow classmate Matt Fisher in a Ph.D. program at the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida.

UNC Asheville has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for advanced work and research. To the right is Sarah Baxter and Charles Hudson in the laser lab. Sarah's offers her senior year were: a $17,150 Fellowship, John Hopkins University, Molecular Biophysics (she accepted); a $15,500 Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, Molecular Biophysics (she declined); a $19,000 Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Biomedical Sciences (she declined).

Sigma Pi Sigma

We also have a chapter of the national physics honors society, Sigma Pi Sigma at UNC Asheville. We regularly have induction ceremonies to honor students that meet the level of achievement to join the society.

Our UNC Asheville SPS Chapter has won an annual SPS award for the past several years. Typically 20 to 30 chapters out of the over 700 chapters across the nation are given awards by the National SPS Office each year.

Tutoring Services

Physics majors often provide free tutoring services for students taking general introductory courses in physics. 


  • Kayla Redmond received a summer research award, which includes a stipend, to go to the Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket.
  • Logan Stagg received a summer research award, which incudes a stipend at the University of Toledo.
  • Wren Ammons Gregory won the Society of Physics Students position of Associate Zone Councilor for 2014-2015.