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FAQ
1. What is CASPER?
2. Where is it located?
3. Who are the primary people involved and what do they do?
4. What type of research do you do?
5. Why is CASPER unique?
6. What type of Outreach does CASPER do?
7. What is the Physics Circus?
8. How do I get more information about CASPER?




1. What is CASPER?
CASPER (the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research) is a Baylor University center. CASPER faculty conduct both theoretical and experimental research within one of six research groups. CASPER is a true interdisciplinary center with faculty from various departments and schools at Baylor University as well as other Universities from around the world. The Center also has a large outreach program, offering educational opportunities for students from 1st grade through graduate school, and conducting outreach initiatives such as the Physics Circus or the CASPER Space Place.

2. Where is it located?
CASPER is currently located in four separate facilities. Theoretical research at Baylor University is conducted in the new $103 million dollar Baylor Science Building located on the Baylor campus. Experimental research is conducted at the Hypervelocity Impacts and Dusty Plasmas Lab and the Space Science Lab, both of which are located on the campus of Texas State Technical College Waco. Astronomy research is conducted at the Paul & Jane Meyer Observatory.

CASPER offers the B.S./B.A through the Ph.D. in all disciplines associated with the Center. Currently these include the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and School of Education on the Baylor University campus and in the LET / SMT / Nano department on the TSTC - Waco campus. CASPER also offers student study / exchange programs with many of its partner universities.

3. Who are the primary people involved and what do they do?
CASPER's Director is Dr. Truell Hyde (Baylor's Vice Provost for Research and Professor in the Department of Physics). CASPER's Associate Director is Dr. Lorin Matthews. The labs are staffed and supervised by Mike Cook and Jimmy Schmoke (CASPER).

4. What type of research do you do?
CASPER conducts fundamental research in a large number of theoretical and experimental research areas. Specific information about each of these can be found under the Research section of the website.

5. Why is CASPER unique?
Within the Center, education and research are intentionally integrated with graduate and undergraduate students at the forefront of every endeavor. CASPER's outreach programs expand this to include high school students, teachers and the public through the Physics Circus. This unique approach has proven invaluable in fostering integrative learning and discovery at all levels.

6. What type of Outreach does CASPER do?
CASPER has a variety of outreach programs (funded through various funding agencies) active at any given time. CASPER's primary outreach programs include the Research Experiences for Undergraduates and the Research Experiences for Teachers programs, its Internship program, the High School Scholars Program, the Women in Physics program, CASPER Inservice and Preservice programs and the Physics Circus.

7. What is the Physics Circus?
The Physics Circus is one component of CASPER's outreach effort. It reaches approximately 2000 students per year through science theatre, a laser-light show and hands-on science experiences. The CASPER Physics Circus in the Classroom curriculum and integrated Discovery Kits extend the CASPER mission into the K-12 classroom.

8. How do I get more information about CASPER?
Visit the website at:
http://www.baylor.edu/CASPER/

Email us at:
Sherri_Honza@baylor.edu

Send us a Letter at:

Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research
One Bear Place #97310
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798-7310

Call us at:
(254) 710-3763.


More Information: http://www.baylor.edu/CASPER/

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