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Daniel G

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Indiana University at Bloomington


Physics, Math


I am a PhD student at IU Bloomington researching nuclear physics. I have broad interests ranging from quantum simulations of nuclear systems, to the distribution of mass and energy in the proton, to the nuclear matter at the cores of neutron stars. Nuclear systems of all kinds are composed of some of the smallest known structures in the universe interacting through the strongest known force. When I'm not doing research, I like to cook or play games. When I was younger, I used to travel all over the country; I've visited 38 US states! I also love hiking in the mountains, especially in the Spring.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

1. Modelling adsorption using a parking lot analogy

The adsorption of particles onto a surface can loosely be modelled as a parking lot next to a busy street, where an occupied parking space is assigned a lower "energy" than an unoccupied one. In modelling this process, the student will learn how thermodynamic concepts like temperature, pressure, and entropy are applied in analogous systems. The student will gather information about the topic from a thermodynamics textbook and relevant articles. Findings will be compiled into a research paper.

Coding skills

Python, MATLAB, Mathematica

Teaching experience

I have tutored students in physics and math privately and professionally for the past 10 years. As a graduate student, I have mentored three research experiences for undergraduates (REUs). I also have experience as a physics TA.


Work experience

IU Bloomington (2020 - Current)
Research Assistant
IU Bloomington (2018 - 2020)
Teaching Assistant (Lab)


University of North Carolina at Asheville
BS Bachelor of Science (2018)
Indiana University at Bloomington
MS Master of Science (2019)
Indiana University at Bloomington
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Nuclear Physics

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