St. Mary's College of Maryland

Program Highlight

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The Physics Club organizes many activities for all students who enjoy physics.  


SMP Spotlight

Christine DiMenna (2012), “Search for Fourth Generation Massive Leptons in Various Models with One or Two Extra Dimensions” (with Elliot Russell; mentor: Erin De Pree)

Chris is teaching high school physics and will obtain her Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in secondary education from Johns Hopkins University.

Erin De Pree, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physics

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Physics Club Faculty Advisor
Sigma Pi Sigma Faculty Advisor

Departments: Physics
Office: Schaefer 230
Phone: (240) 895-2058


B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Hillsdale College
M.S., Ph.D. in Physics, The College of William and Mary

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Courses Taught:

  • Basic Physics
  • College Physics 2
  • General Physics 1 and 2
  • General Physics 3
  • Fundamentals of Physics 3
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Senior Seminar: General Relativity
  • Independent Study: Quantum Mechanics 2
  • Independent Study: High Energy Physics
  • First Year Seminar: Black Holes & Dirty Bombs

Research Interests

High energy particle phenomenology, especially extra dimensions and fourth generation particles.

Jeremy Perrin (class of 2013), one of Dr. De Pree's research alums, was recently announced as a finalist for the American Physical Society's prestigious Apker Award given for outstanding undergraduate research.  This Award is given annually to two students (one from a non-PhD granting institution and one from a PhD granting institution); only five finalists in each category are named each year.  The Apker Award is the highest honor in the physics community for undergraduate research and is given to students who "have demonstrated great potential for future scientific accomplishment."

Jeremy is now at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York pursuing a PhD in physics.

Recent Publications

  • "Heavy Charged Leptons in 6-dimensional Randall-Sundrum Model," Erin De Pree and Dietrich Kiesewetter, submitted for publication, 2011, arXiv:1108.3353 [hep-ph].
  • "Fourth Generation t-prime in Extensions Beyond the Standard Model," Erin De Pree, Gardner Marshall, and Marc Sher, Physical Review D 80, 037301 (2009), arXiv:0906.4500 [hep-ph].

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