Instructors and Staff

Director: Dr. Richelle Teeling-Smith, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, University of Mount Union

Teeling-Smith works on developing multi-modal nanoscale imaging techniques for condensed matter and biological systems. She has a passion for physics education research and works to integrate algorithmic thinking and computer programming skillsets into the physics curriculum. She investigates the impact of computational activities on the conceptual learning gains in the physics classroom.

In addition, Teeling-Smith has a passion for issues related to diversity and inclusion of women and people of color in the sciences and has worked with the Association for Women in Science and the Society for Women in Physics at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Richelle Teeling-Smith


Camp Staff: Joseph Winiecki

Joe is a senior physics major (with astronomy concentration) and a mathematics and Spanish double minor. He also serves as the Society of Physics Students Vice President, the University of Mount Union Men’s Soccer Team Captain, and a Pi Mu Epsilon member. After graduating this coming year, Joe plans to attend graduate school to conduct Astrophysics research.

Joe has worked on developing instructional videos for the STEMcoding project.


Camp Staff: Ian Dilyard 

Ian is a senior physics major and a mathematics and computer science double minor. He serves as the Secretary/Treasurer and Student Senate representative for the Society of Physics Students. He worked as a lab TA during the school year. He also plays the trumpet in the marching band during football season.  Ian is an active member of the University's bowling club and plans to study the physics of bowling after graduating.

Ian volunteered to help with the STEMcoding Camp because he enjoys helping others learn about things. Helping with this camp will also give him the chance to hone my communication skills.


Camp Staff: Abigail Ogonek

Abby is a sophomore physics and music major with a minor in mathematics. She enjoys calculus, playing piano, and is an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Mount Union’s GSA. She was also a recipient of the Wilbur and Burdella Stuckey Carl Mathematics Prize and the CRC Freshman Chemistry award.


Camp Presenter:  Erin White

Erin is a 2018 Mount Union graduate with completed majors in physics, mathematics, and Spanish. She is the former Secretary and Treasurer for the Society of Physics Students, a former member of Mount Union's Diversity Council, and a three-year varsity basketball player. She will be attending Michigan State University in the Fall to pursue her doctorate in physics and will be conducting research in nuclear physics over the summer.

Erin has worked on developing instructional videos for the STEMcoding project and conducted an analysis of the physics education research data collected.


Camp Presenter: Morgan Hamilton 

Morgan is a senior physics and mathematics major and chemistry minor. She serves as the president of the Society of Physics Students, a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, and a cellist in the Alliance Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, Morgan plans to attend graduate school for physics and ultimately conduct research in atmospheric electricity.




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