Human Resource Development

Teaching, training and development of students and postdoctoral associates are core imperatives for the ASU Meson Physics Group.

For nearly a quarter of a century, our research efforts have included deep involvement of students representing all levels, from high school to the graduate level.Undergraduate students involved with the group work on small hardware or analysis projects. If funds permit, students also may participate in summer research experiences at Jefferson Lab.
New students at all levels work with a more senior group member on a set of tutorial exercises specifically designed to familiarize them with hardware used in our experiments and software tools used to analyze our data. As their physics background deepens, they are introduced to the theoretical aspects underpinning the analyses they are conducting. Weekly group meetings at ASU provide opportunities for students to present updates on their analyses to the group. On-campus research symposia provide outlets for the undergraduate students to showcase their work; advanced students will be encouraged to consider presentation at CEU events at DNP meetings.

While involvement of supported graduate students is a common feature of NSF proposals, the ASU Department of Physics also has a “research rotation” course requirement to familiarize all new graduate students with research in the department during their first year of studies. The ASU Meson Physics Group provides projects for such research rotations, allowing us to involve students who may not eventually choose hadronic physics as their specialization. Taking advantage of this feature of the ASU physics program permits us to familiarize future scientists in other fields with current topics and trends in hadronic physics while participating in their teaching and training.

Graduate students pursuing research with our group are introduced to analysis techniques as they complete formal coursework and pass comprehensive examinations. (A graduate student will not be financially supported by this NSF award until the comprehensive examination is passed.) After initial residence at ASU, during which expectations for work habits and performance will be clarified, each student spends at least one year in residence at Jefferson Lab to gain further professional experience, attend weekly seminar series, participate in collaborative research efforts and working group meetings, and begin development of their personal professional network. New students will with more senior ASU personnel sited at Jefferson Lab, as well as with personnel from other collaborating institutions. Graduate students provide frequent presentations of their work to our collaborators, and learn the fundamentals of scientific writing in preparing their dissertations.


  • Barry Ritchie (Group leader)
  • Michael Dugger

Post doctoral research assistants:

  • Igor Senderovich
  • Kei Moriya
  • Patrick Collins

Graduate students:

  • Ross Tucker
  • Sebastian Cole


  • Robert Lee