Major: Physics and Chemistry with Nanotechnology Options
Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Millersville, PA
Sarah Geiger was well acquainted with Millersville before she decided to attend. Her father has been a Geography professor at the university for over two decades, allowing Geiger to develop a familiarity with the campus. Geiger chose to enroll at Millersville because of the excellent reputation of their science departments. Another incentive for Geiger to attend Millersville was the ability to pursue nanotechnology options within her disciplines of choice; chemistry and physics. The small class sizes have offered her a learning environment where professors get to know their students and work with them to ensure they reach their scholastic potential.
The high ratio of faculty to students combined with the quality of programs offered has allowed Geiger to excel while at Millersville. In particular, Geiger says that the research she has been able to perform as an undergraduate has complemented her classes. In the spring of 2012, Geiger worked with Dr. Rickard of the chemistry department to develop an ovarian cancer marker. Currently, Geiger has been working with Dr. Dushkina of the physics department on investigating surface plasmon resonance and its sensor applications. In addition to performing research at Millersville, Geiger has been able to pursue opportunities off campus. These include attending a Research Experience for Undergraduates Program this past summer at the University of Florida Physics Department and extensive training at Penn State’s nanofabrication facilities.
The extent of Geiger’s hard work and research has resulted in numerous accolades. She was on the Fall 2011 Dean's list, and was awarded the David P. Engle Scholarship for excellence in Physics last year. Last spring, she was also inducted into the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honors Society. Her advice to incoming students is to communicate with professors and advisors about individual goals, get involved with clubs around campus, and stay dedicated to their studies.