Physics and Astronomy


Physics and neuroscience major Joe Luchsinger '13, created an applied calculus course that is now integrated with BW's curriculum. Among his other activities, he spends time doing research in the neuroscience lab (pictured here).

Physics Major Bridges Classroom Learning with Real-World Outcomes

Joe Luchsinger ‘13 set himself apart as a student by not only attending classes while at Baldwin Wallace University, but by creating one.

Part of a grant-funded independent study program, called Summer Scholars, his experience was one of many hands-on learning opportunities he’s had at BW. He is majoring in neuroscience and physics.

Leading Research Projects at the Undergraduate Level

During summer 2011, Luchsinger and Dr. Edwin Meyer, assistant professor of physics at BW, worked to create an applied calculus course that is now integrated with BW’s curriculum. The project was part of Summer Scholars, a living-learning program focused on research, scholarship and creative endeavors. 

An internship at BW’s neuroscience lab furthered Luchsinger’s efforts to co-author presentations and papers for scholarly organizations like the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine and Brain Research. His work has led him to present at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.  He also presented at three Society for Neuroscience conferences, the largest neuroscience conference in the world.

In February 2013 he was the only undergraduate among Ph.D.-level scientists chosen to attend an advanced neuroscience training program at Stanford University.

Preparation at Baldwin Wallace Fosters Career Path

Luchsinger credits Dr. Edwin Meyer, assistant professor of physics, and neuroscience professor emeritus Dr. G. Andrew Mickley for his success. "They have pushed and stretched me in different ways, allowing me to become the student I am today," he said.


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