Kristen Burson

Kristen Burson
Kristen Burson

Assistant Professor of Physics

Taylor Science Center G053

Kristen Burson has conducted research on the atomic scale structure of glass at the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany through an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Maryland, where she studied the surface structure and properties of novel materials for nanoelectronics using scanning probe microscopy. Burson then taught physics for a year at Gettysburg College as a visiting assistant professor. In addition to her scientific interests, she has published on students’ perceptions of office hours and has been involved in physics education outreach, particularly focused on promoting women in physics. Burson grew up in Nebraska and received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

Recent Courses Taught

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Survey of Physics I

Appointed to the Faculty: 2016

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.S., University of Maryland
B.S., Gustavus Adolphus College

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