Sharon L. Stephenson

Sahm Professor of Physics




Campus Box 0405


Masters Hall
Room 107
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

Academic Focus

Nuclear Structure Physics

Sharon Stephenson is the W. K. T. Sahm Professor of Physics and the current Chair of the Physics department at Gettysburg College with a research background in experimental nuclear physics.  Her research started in the area of fundamental symmetries in the nuclear force including parity violation and time reversal measurements.  More recently she has worked in nuclear structure physics, probing the state of matter at the edge of nuclear stability.

She is a former member of the TRIPLE Collaboration, a group of physicists from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan and Russia who study fundamental symmetry questions at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Her current research area is in nuclear structure physics.  As a member and past Executive Director of the MoNA Collaboration, she and her students work to better understand extreme neutron-rich matter through experiments performed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.  

Sharon has co-authored over forty peer-reviewed papers on a variety of topics in experimental nuclear physics and she co-sponsors an on-campus proton accelerator laboratory for research in materials science.  She also publishes literary nonfiction.   Her most recent essay, on Marie Curie, is forthcoming in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.

She has served her profession as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, represented her constituents through Congressional visits on behalf of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, been an external reviewer for a number of physics departments and faculty seeking tenure and promotion.

As an educator she has been recognized by Gettysburg College the recipient of the Luther W. and Bernice L. Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award and most recently the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award.   Her courses range from 400-level senior seminars to a First Year Seminars on gender in science and technology.