Justin Piel

Justin Piel

Physics

Justin’s fascination with the weird and strange aspects of the world inevitably led him to declare a physics major and mathematics minor within his first two months at Stetson. His journey into the realm of physics has been rewarding and was guided by passionate professors who encouraged him to embrace his own path, so much so that Justin received the George L. Jenkins Award for top physics student at the end of his freshman year. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Societies and has remained on the Dean’s List his entire tenure at Stetson.

Justin participated in an internship at CERN in Summer 2021 and worked closely with Dr. Christine Nattrass at the University of Tennessee on the ALICE detector; he built an analysis for an ALICE paper using a program called Rivet. Justin’s senior research project, which was a continuation of his work during the summer, focused on interfacing a Monte Carlo event generator, JETSCAPE, with Rivet. He also presented a poster at the Conference Experience for Undergraduates Poster Session, American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics, on his summer research. For his work on this project, Justin was awarded the Jack Gibson Endowed Research Award from the Stetson Physics Department.

In August, Justin will attend Purdue University as a doctoral student in theoretical physics on a full-scholarship teaching assistantship.