OSA / MRS Congressional Fellowship
Materials Research Society / Optical Society of America
Term: September 2003 - August 2004
Colin McCormick earned his BA in physics and English literature from Williams College, and his PhD in atomic and optical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds an MA in astrophysics from Cambridge University. His PhD research focused on experimental and theoretical aspects of transverse nonlinear optical effects in atomic vapors, with additional work in photonic crystals and photonic crystal fibers.
While at UC Berkeley, Colin was named Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor for his teaching work in introductory physics classes. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Science Review, the campus' general-interest science magazine.
Since finishing his Congressional fellowship, Colin has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, in the group of 1997 Physics Nobel Laureate William Phillips. His current research focuses on quantum optical effects in nonlinear processes, and the interaction of non-classical light with laser-cooled atoms. He continues to be involved in numerous science policy projects.