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St. Norbert College Physics Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

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From St. Norbert College, June 19, 2019
by Hailey Barron,, (920) 403-3089

Nicholas Mauro, assistant professor of physics at St. Norbert College, and his collaborator, Kenneth F. Kelton, Arthur Holly Compton Professor of Physics in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for approximately $510,000. Roughly 50 percent
of the grant will fund research and research students at St. Norbert College.
The grant will support collaborative experimental, theoretical and computational research focused on understanding the connections between atomic motions and phase transformations in metallic systems with the ultimate goal of developing new and exotic materials for specific applications. This research will be supported for three years, beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students at St. Norbert College and Washington University will play key roles in projects.
This collaborative research effort between a small liberal arts college and a larger research university will work to encourage student interest in STEM fields from many different communities. Undergraduate and graduate students will participate in research at academic institutions and at national laboratories, giving them valuable experience for deciding on their future educational and career paths. At the same time, the collaboration will develop a model for broad community engagement that uses modern technology to open up access routes for underserved communities to cutting-edge science and science education.

For more information, contact Mauro at or (920) 403-3063. To learn more about the National Science Foundation, visit

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