Faculty

Andrew Overholdt

Andrew Overholt

Associate Professor of Physics

PhD; Physics, 2013, University of Kansas
MS; Physics, 2010, University of Kansas
BS; Physics, 2005, Southern Nazarene University

The opportunity to share my passion for God and His amazing creation with every student I come into contact with. God has surrounded us with amazing beauty and given us the minds to comprehend it. I am so glad I get to share that journey of comprehension with my students.

Andrew Overholt
  • Awards & Honors
    • Outstanding Poster, University of Kansas Graduate Research Competition, 2013
    • First place Sigma Xi Research Competition, 2013
    • Awarded Honors for PhD dissertation from the University of Kansas, 2013
    • Prize for First Place PhD Oral Presentation, Kansas Academy of Science, 2012
    • Outstanding Master’s Thesis for the University of Kansas, 2011
    • Awarded Honors for Master’s thesis from the University of Kansas, 2010
    • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, both 2008-2009 and 2009-2010
    • Society of Physics Students Chapter President, 2002-2005
  • Presentations
    • “Cosmogenic nuclide enhancement via deposition from long-period comets as a test of the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis” Overholt, A. C., Melott, A. L. (2013) EPSL 377:55-61.
    • “Modeling high-energy cosmic ray induced terrestrial and atmospheric neutron flux: A lookup table” Overholt, A.C., Melott, A.L., Atri, D. (2013) JGR: Space Physics 118(6):2765-2770.
    • "Testing the Link Between Terrestrial Climate Change and Galactic Spiral Arm Transit" Overholt, A. C., Pohl, M. K., Melott, A. L. (2010) Astrophysical Journal Letters 705:L101.
  • Presentations
    • “Ground Level Radiation from Cosmic Ray Shower Secondaries”, American Physical Society, April Meeting, Denver, CO, 2013
    • “Cosmogenic Nuclide Production within the Atmosphere and Long Period Comets”, Presented at University of Kansas Physics Colloquium, Lawrence, KS 2013
    • “Cosmogenic Nuclide Production within the Atmosphere and Long Period Comets”, Presented at Tertiary-Quaternary Association Meeting, Lawrence, KS 2013
    • “Cosmogenic Nuclide Production within the Atmosphere and Long Period Comets”, Presented at American Physical Society Prairie Section Meeting, Lawrence, KS, 2013.
    • “High Energy Cosmic Ray Induced Neutron Irradiation”, Presented at Astrobiology Science Conference, Atlanta, GA, April, 2012.
    • “High Energy Cosmic Ray Induced Neutron Irradiation”, Presented at Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Wichita, KS, March, 2012.
    • “High Energy Cosmic Ray Induced Neutron Irradiation", Presented at Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference, Lawrence, KS, 2012.
    • “Geoisotopic Effects of Cosmic Ray Produced Neutrons”, Presented at American Physical Society Prairie Section Meeting, Cedar Falls, IA, 2011.
    • “Geoisotopic Effects of Cosmic Ray Produced Neutrons", Presented at Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference, Kansas City, KS, 2011.
  • Involvement at MNU
    • ASG Class of 2015 Class Sponsor, 2011-2013
    • Member of the Pre-Medical Committee
    • Member of the Faculty Development Committee
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