Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics

Schumaker Prize

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Schumaker Prize

994 – Dean Meyer
1995 – Alexander Kain
1996 – Timothy T. Konrad
1997 – Wayne Fetter
1998 – Brian Harty
1999 – Lisa Wise
2000 – Jo-Ann Valdivia
2001 – Melissa Kussner
2002 – Svetlana Petkova
2003 – Heather Holzwarth
2004 – Ellie Etminan
2005 – Lauren Poppen
2006 – Joseph R. Haney
2007 – Alen Vrebac
2008 – Amy M Rich 2009 – Mohit Singh


Barrick Research Award

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Barrick Research Award Winners

1998 – Lisa Wise, Brian Schofield
1999 – Kari Ebens, Jo-Ann Valdivia
2000 – Melissa Kussner, Elizabeth Sweet
2001 – Svetlana Petkova, Shannon Widlowski
2002 – David Grover, Heather Holzwarth
2003 – Joshua Glovinsky
2004 – Nathan Sweeney
2005 – Erin Moller
2006 – Amy M. Rich
2007 – Amy M. Rich, Angela M. Snow
2008 – Megan E Hofstetter

Conklin Award

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Conklin Award

1995 – Christopher Aylward
1996 – James B. Dole, Wayne Fetter
1997 – Bradley Barrie, Lisa Wise
1998 – David Bogner, Aimee Stivers
1999 – David Bogner
2000 – Melissa Kussner
2001 – Jackie Guy, Svetlana Petkova
2002 – Adam Peck, Carie Swanson
2003 – Jerome Foss
2004 – Erin Moller
2005 – Joseph Haney
2006 – Alen Vrebac
2007 – Aaron M K Insko
2008 – Audra L Carlson
2009 – Audra L Carlson

Calculus Achievement Award

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Calculus Achievement Award Winners

1962 – Dennis J. Palmini
1963 – Carol J. Daley
1964 – Charles Silver
1965 – Carolyn J. Mattila
1966 – Michael L. Landes
1967 – James Curtis
1968 – Johannes Veldhuis
1969 – Kathleen Majcan
1970 – Patrick Shanahan
1971 – Kathleen Mokate
1972 – A. Scott Forsburg
1973 – William R. Paulson, Charles E. Ritzke
1974 – Diane J. Bundens
1975 – Jeffrey Klotz, John Morrissey
1976 – Herbert E. Borbe, Jr.
1977 – J. Scott Hudnall, Cynthia Kleindienst
1978 – Deborah J. Fredricks, Mark S. Zumhagen
1979 – James Harker, Donna Kmen
1980 – Patricia Novak
1981 – Susan Martin, Donna Mueller
1982 – Ellen Evans, Jayne Mariani
1983 – Brian R. Bowley, Wayne A. Martin
1984 – Randall A. Cook
1985 – Timothy A. Anderson, Dawn M. DeSousa
1986 – Andreas Lauer
1987 – Linda M. Abrahams, Tracey A. Kelleher
1988 – Nancy C. Casten, Tracey R. Winters
1989 – James K. Konrad, Karen I. Miraglia
1990 – Jon A. Johnson, David C. Wilson
1991 – Steven W. Siekerski
1992 – Carolyn S. Schauer, Eric Seger
1993 – Karen Hoover, Daniel C. Konrad
1994 – Tim Konrad
1995 – Jeffery Damon
1996 – Bradley Barrie
1997 – Jakob Krummenacher
1998 – Marcia Clinton
1999 – Tracie Knobeloch
2000 – Angela Valaisis
2001 – Heather Holzwarth
2002 – Jody Beilke
2003 – Zachary Cook
2004 – Erin Moller
2005 – Ashley Holzwarth
2006 – Angela M. Snow
2007 – Mohit Singh
2008 – Matthew D Brynteson
2009 – N/A

**Known as the Freshman Mathematics Achievement Award (1962 – 1989)


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Nursing Student


Nursing—the profession with unlimited opportunities! Our mission in the Rockford University Nursing Department is to prepare registered professional nurses to provide quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities with diverse health needs. In the tradition of Jane Addams, a Rockford University alumna and Nobel Peace Prize winner, nursing students are challenged to think critically, act compassionately, and engage with their wider community. They touch people’s lives inside and outside of the classroom with community-based learning projects.

If you are an individual with strong abilities in the sciences and the desire to have an impact on the health of our communities in new and creative ways, the nursing profession at Rockford University might be just what you are looking for.

Information about the Nursing Department:

Rockford University Department of Nursing is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, P:404-975-5000,


What’s NEW…   

Nursing Student Support Group Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 7 at noon in Starr 221 to discuss the stress, anxiety and how to cope with the rigors of being a nursing student. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.


RU Nursing Interprofessional Education (IPE) Initiatives:

  • IPE Day at UIC:  In January this year, the RU Nursing Program was involved with Interprofessional Education Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). RU Nursing students and RU Faculty members were a part of the IPE Day experience that included the participation of UIC Medicine, UIC Pharmacy and OSF Saint Anthony Nursing program students. In total, this event involved about 200 students. The purpose of IPE Day was to promote interprofessional education through simulation. RU Theater students also participated as Standardized Patients in a simulated hospital discharge setting.
  • Art Rounds: The Art Rounds Project is a pilot program that involves the participation of RU Nursing, RU Psychology, UIC Medical and UIC Pharmacy students. With this initiative, students will be evaluating gallery artwork as though it were a “patient”. Evaluating artwork will assist our future healthcare providers in honing observation skills and aid in avoiding the development of bias. The Art Rounds project is a powerful tool in teaching and training students for patient analysis and engagement.
  • Bioterrorism Preparedness Project: RU Student participation in a full-scale bioterrorism simulated activity, focused on community exposure to a biochemical agent, will be promoted by the RU Nursing Department this year. RU Nursing, RU Psychology, UIC Medicine and UIC Pharmacy students will experience this event as healthcare service participants. RU Theater students will portray exposed patients in this bioterrorism simulation.
  • Haiti Clinical Experience: For the first time, the Rockford University Nursing Department offers an opportunity for RU Nursing students to provide health services to people in Haiti. Select RU Nursing students will have an opportunity to spend a week in Gramothe, Haiti to provide healthcare services in the areas of triage, lab analysis, pharmacy, and in the Haitian clinic. This experience will be provided under the close supervision of RU Nursing Faculty, various Nurse Practitioners, Doctors, Pharmacists and Creole language translators.
  • IPE Simulation with SwedishAmerican Hospital (SAH): RU Nursing and UIC Medicine students will be performing simulations that involve the high-fidelity manikin ‘Victoria’. This manikin simulates labor and delivery, infant delivery with shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhaging, and other various obstetrical emergencies.
  • IPE Leader to Leader Mentorship Program: Currently in development is a partnership with Rockford School District 205 titled ‘The Leader-to-Leader’ Mentorship Program’. Rockford University seeks to link Jefferson High School freshmen students with student mentors from RU Nursing, UIC Medicine and UIC Pharmacy students. The purpose of developing this new partnership is to inspire the interest of high school students (particularly those who are considered at risk or are underrepresented) to pursue higher education or post-high school career training.

If you would like any additional information regarding these and other IPE program initiatives, please contact Dr. Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, at

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Laura Monahan, DNP, MBA, RN, Dept. Chair

For those interested in the Nursing Program, please contact Admissions at 815-226-4050.


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American Institute of Physics –

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European Physical Society –

Institute of Physics –

Sigma Xi –

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.


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Adjunct Professor of Physics
M.A. Secondary Education (Emphasis on Physics Education), Northern Illinois University
M.S. Philosophy (Emphasis in the Philosophy of Science), Northern Illinois University
B.S. Physics with Minors in Math and Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
Phone: 815-961-8664
Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D. Physics - Ohio University - Athens, Ohio
M.S. Physics - Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India
B.S. Physics - Cotton College, Guwahati, India
Phone: 815-226-4198
Fax: 815-394-5166
Deepshikha Shukla joined Rockford University in the Fall semester of 2015. Prior to this Dr. Shukla was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC from 2012 – 2015. Dr. Shukla held postdoctoral research positions at The George Washington University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after completing her Ph. D. in Physics from Ohio University. She discovered her passion for teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill and started her undergraduate teaching career at James Madison University, VA.

Dr. Shukla received her B. Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry from Cotton College in Guwahati, India and her M. Sc. (Physics) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India. Thereafter, she taught pre-engineering Physics in New Delhi, India before joining Ohio University for a Ph. D. in Physics. Dr. Shukla joined the theoretical Nuclear Physics group at Ohio University and completed the Ph. D. requirements in Fall of 2006. She was awarded the 2008 Division of Nuclear Physics (of the American Physical Society) dissertation award.

Dr. Shukla loves teaching and interacting with students. When not teaching she can be found doing research in Theoretical Physics or engaged in planning/conducting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach programs. She volunteers for various programs like Science Olympiad, Regional Science Fairs etc. At UNC-Greensboro, she was the co-chair of the Tech Savvy by American Association of University Women program – a STEM workshop for middle school girls.

She is a member of American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers and American Association of University Women.

At Rockford University, Dr. Shukla has started with teaching introductory Physics and Astronomy courses. She plans to teach all levels of undergraduate Physics courses and also contribute heavily to Rockford University’s outreach programs.

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.

Scholarships and Awards

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Sigma Xi Award
As an international scientific research society, Sigma Xi promotes advancement in science and honors scientific achievement.

This award goes to a junior student majoring in science or mathematics who has achieved excellence in course work, research and citizenship.

For more information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.

Programs of Study

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The Physics program offers a minor in physics. One advanced course is offered every fall and spring for those students minoring in physics. The concentration of mathematics and physics can prepare students for graduate school in physics. Additional advanced courses in physics are offered as required.

Course Descriptions and Requirements

Rockford University’s Physics program offers students the opportunity to minor in physics. The Physics program offers the following courses every year:

Physics 105 Lecture
Physics 105 Lab
4 Credit Hours Every Fall
Physics 106 Lecture
Physics 106 Lab
4 Credit Hours Every Spring
Physics 201 Lecture
Physics 201 Lab
5 Credit Hours Every Fall
Physics 202 Lecture
Physics 202 Lab
5 Credit Hours Every Spring
Physics 101 Lecture
Physics 101 Lab
4 Credit Hours Every Fall & Spring

300-level courses are offered upon request if enough students are enrolled.
More information can be found in the Academic Catalog‌.

Search course offerings and descriptions

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.


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Students in class


Seeking a better understanding of our physical world? Students minoring in physics at Rockford University explore the complex relationship between matter and energy to better understand the physical world in which we live. Our courses in physics are provided to complement other scientific disciplines and to give students in humanities, arts and social sciences a basic understanding of the physical laws that govern our universe.

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Mehmet Dik, Ph.D.