Robert Fersch

Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering

Robert Fersch

Associate Professor

Luter Hall 305
(757) 594-8876


  • Ph D in Physics, The College of William and Mary
  • MS in Physics, The College of William and Mary
  • BA in Physics Education, University of Delaware


Teaching interests currently include introductory level undergraduate physics. Incorporation of physical demonstrations and data analysis into lectures essential to effective teaching in the sciences. Involving students in public outreach in science education also remains a long-term goal.


My current research interests in the field of nuclear/particle physics focuses on investigation of the spin structure of the proton. Analysis of accelerator data as a member of the CLAS Collaboration at Jefferson Laboratory is my primary focus in this field of research.


I graduated from the University of Delaware in 1996 with a major in physics education, and after 5 years in secondary science education, attended graduate school at the College of William and Mary, where I am involved in research at Jefferson Laboratory, primarily in the measurement of spin structure functions in the EG1 inclusive electron-proton scattering data from the CLAS detector in Experimental Hall-B.  Upon completion of MY Ph.D. in 2008, I did postdoctoral research in the spin physics of protons at the University of Kentucky as part of the STAR Collaboration at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  In 2011 I accepted a faculty position teaching physics at Christopher Newport University, and I AM beginning involvement in software development for the future CLAS12 detector in Hall-B. Main goals at CNU include further development of curricula in introductory physics classes, and involvement of students in software-related work at Jefferson Laboratory.

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