I joined the Department of Physics at High Point University in 2013 and thoroughly enjoy working with our students and my colleagues. I am proud of what our small-but-mighty department has accomplished over the past eight years. I did my undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University, my graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my postdoc work at Penn State University. Aside from research, teaching, and outreach, I enjoy playing the piano, writing music, running, and hanging out with my wife Jenn and daughters Clare (4 yr) and Josie (1.5 yr).
senior physics major
Howdy! I’m Will Frondorf. Originally from Cincinnati, I have been working alongside Dr. Barlow and the High Point University physics department since my freshman year. I’m passionate about learning all there is about astronomy and hope to one day soon be working professionally in the field. In addition to working for Dr. Barlow on his various grants and research projects, I have also taken up many opportunities to be involved with astronomy outreach events, such as HPUniverse Day and the LASeR program. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels (typically sci-fi and dystopian ones) and playing video games (typically strategy and puzzle ones).
second-year physics major
I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. I currently am a second year at High Point University and I am majoring in Physics, but focusing on Astro Physics. I have been involved in Dr. Barlow’s Research group since I came to High Point. I am also involved in the Natural Sciences Fellowship. I hope to continue my education past a Bachelors degree and receive a Masters.
first-year physics major
Hello! I’m Alex Laughrey. I’m a first-year Physics major with hopes of branching out into Astrophysics. I graduated high school with an Associate’s degree, and would be classified as a junior if I were not an Honors Scholar. I have been interested in the universe and the science that comes with it for as long as I can remember, and have finally been given the opportunity to dive in. As far as hobbies go, I am a violinist, composer, songwriter, and digital artist."
NSF research assistant
I am interested in the observational study of the end stages of stellar evolution. Lately I have been using Gaia and TESS to explore rare classes of compact objects, such as pulsating ELM white dwarfs. I am happy to be apart of the astrophysics group here at HPU and expanding my research experience to the hot subdwarf class of stars. In general, I enjoy learning about and exploring this seemingly impossible place we find ourselves in.
senior @ NC School of Science & Math
Hi! My name is Mark Muchane, and I’m a high school student at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. I’m interested in machine learning and coding, particularly computational astrophysics/astronomy. I’m excited to be doing research into hot subdwarf binaries. My hobbies include playing cello and reading about sociology, law, and political economy.
senior physics major
My name is Jack Munn and I am a physics major from Asheville, NC. Post graduation I plan to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and work in the automotive industry. My previous work experience includes an engineering internship at FinishLine Motorworks, one of the top vehicle restoration and modification shops. Outside of my responsibilities I love to be outdoors whether it be backpacking, tennis or anything in between. When the outdoors aren’t an option I enjoy playing guitar or tinkering on my car.
senior physics major, math & CS minors
Hello! I’m Isa Parker. I’m from Burlington, NC, and I’ve been doing research with Dr. Barlow since my freshman year. I hope to one day take the skills and experience I have gathered into a career in the astronomy/astrophysics field. My main work with Dr. Barlow has been on the TESS Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 grants. I play bass guitar, competitive Pokémon, and enjoy a wide variety of music genres (mainly jazz and rock).
senior physics & philosophy major
Basketball and education are my passions. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and have played all my life and have equally been involved in furthering my education. I currently play basketball at High Point University and am also a double major in both physics and philosophy. After graduating I plan to further my education even more by attending graduate school for physics.
junior physics major
Hi! My name's Bryce Smith! I'm from Evergreen, Colorado and I'm currently studying Physics at High Point University. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school for engineering or physics. In my free time, I enjoy just about anything from working on cars to skiing extreme terrain.
senior physics major
Hello, I'm David, and I have studied physics and mathematics at High Point University. I have held a strong interest in astronomy from a young age and am excited to be working with Dr. Barlow and my friends on the TESS Cycle 2 and 3 projects. While I have pursued research in astronomy, I have also worked on projects related to the rocketry team at High Point University, specifically with work related to solid rocket motors at an amateur scale. I hope to go to graduate school and end up working in the aerospace industry. I participate in hobby rocketry, and of course, I play a lot of Kerbal Space Program.
Colin McCarrie (junior at HPU)
Holden Harrington (senior at HPU)
Zach Straumins (senior at HPU)
John Aube (EE student Notre Dame)
Sam Mycroft ('21; software engineer at SpaceX)
Stephen Walser ('20; grad student at Virginia Tech)
Nathan Grinalds ('20; grad student at U. Florida)
Thomas Boudreaux ('19; grad student at Dartmouth C.)
Kyle Corcoran ('19; grad student at U. Virginia)
Paddy Clancy ('19; Northrop Grumman)
Joseph Godoy ('19; grad student at App State)
Zack Hutchens ('18; grad student at UNC-CH)
Rebecca Lewis (student at University of West Florida)
Alan Vasquez Soto ('18; grad student at UNC-CH)
Ryan Hegedus ('17; grad student at UNC-CH)
Eugene Filik ('17; Returned Peace Corps Volunteer)
Rodrigo Catalan-Hurtado ('16; grad student at Clemson)
Stephen Vultaggio ('15; Mass. General Hospital)
Stéphane Charpinet (Obs. Midi-Pyrenées, France)
Kyle Corcoran (U. Virginia, U.S.)
Stephan Geier (U. Potsdam, Germany)
Petr Harmanec (Charles U., Czech Republic)
Uli Heber (Dr. Remeis Sternwarte, Germany)
JJ Hermes (Boston U., U.S.)
Dave Kilkenny (U. Western Cape, South Africa)
Thomas Kupfer (Texas Tech, U.S.)
Nick Law (UNC-CH, U.S.)
Peter Nemeth (Czech Academy of Sciences)
Ingrid Pelisoli (U. Warwick, England)
Jeff Ratzloff (UNC-CH, U.S.)
Veronika Schaffenroth (U. Postdam, Germany)
David Schneider (Dr. Remeis Sternwarte, Germany)