Category Archives: Awards

Best Grad Student Talks and Posters 2014

Physics Poster Session 2014We are pleased to announce the following awards in association with the recent graduate oral and poster presentations.

Best Talks

Hao Zhou – Observing Very High Energy Gamma-ray Emission from Geminga with the HAWC Observatory

Hugo Ayala Solares – Observing the Galactic Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission

Best Posters

Joseph Niehaus – Laboratory Measurements of Contact Freezing by Dust and Bacteria at Temperatures of Mixed Phase Clouds

Ran Duan – A Multi-band, Unidirectional, Phase-preserved Lensing Invisibility Cloak

Join us in applauding these and all of the graduate students for their effort and accomplishments.

The Physics Department Poster Session was held on April 17, 2014, in the Fisher Atrium. The physics graduate student talks were held throughout the latter part of Spring Semester 2014.

Congratulations to the four winners and everyone else on their presentations!

View the 2014 Physics Department Poster Session photo gallery.

REF Awards for Cantrell and Yap

Research Excellence Fund Awards Announced

The Vice President for Research Office is pleased to announce the 2015 REF awards and would like to thank the volunteer review committees, as well as the deans and department chairs, for their time spent on this important internal research award process.

Will Cantrell, EPSSI/Physics, received an Infrastructure Enhancement Grant.

Yoke Khin Yap, Physics, received a Technology Commercialization Grant.

Read more at Tech Today.

SURF Awards for Innis and Laxo

This summer, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program will fund 23 students from across the University with funds from the Vice President for Research and the Honors Institute. The total funding for the program this year is $80,500.

Among the recipients are:

Robert Innis
Applied Physics
Yoke Khin Yap
CVD growth of Molybdenum DiSulfide

Adam Laxo
Physics
Raymond Shaw
An Investigation of Aerosols as Catalysts for Contact Nucleation

From Tech Today.

Duan a finalist in the Student Paper Competition

Ran DuanRan Duan, a PhD candidate in engineering physics, has been named a finalist in the Student Paper Competition of the 2014 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society and the Union of Radio Science.

As a finalist, Duan has been been invited to present a poster on his paper titled “Multiband Unidirectional Cloaking Based on Geometric Optics” at the symposium in Memphis, July 6-11. He will also receive a $1,250 award to help him attend the symposium.

Duan won Michigan Tech’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for the fall 2013 semester.

Duan’s research is on an invisibility cloak being developed by Associate Professor Elena Semouchkina (ECE/Physics). An invisibility cloak is a device that allows electromagnetic waves such as microwaves or light to bypass objects, essentially making them invisible.

From Tech Today.

Physics Grads Receive Travel Grants

Graduate Student Government Travel Grant Award Winners for Spring 2014

Travel grants for spring 2014 have been awarded. Among the Presenting Travel Grants ($ 250) recipients are physics graduate students Chad Brisbois, Kamal B. Dhungana, Boyi Hao, Joseph Niehaus, Bishnu Tiwari, Gaoxue Wang, and Kevin Waters.

The full list of graduate recipients can be accessed online.

Travel grants are awards that help subsidize cost of attending and presenting at conferences. These awards are sponsored by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Graduate School. For more information on travel grants, please visit the webpage.

Should you have any questions, contact the GSG treasurer Jennifer Winikus (jawiniku@mtu.edu).

From Tech Today.

Amanda Shaw is an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Recipient

Amanda ShawAmanda Shaw, who is an MS candidate in Physics, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Amanda was nominated by the Department of Physics and recognized for her accomplishments by the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. Amanda’s advisor is Alex Kostinski.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Outstanding GS Teaching 2014
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

Ashim Chakravarty is an Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipient

Ashim ChakravartyAshim Chakravarty, who is a PhD candidate in Engineering Physics, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Ashim was nominated by the Department of Physics based on his GPA, originality in research, professionalism, work ethic, and other selection criteria. Ashim’s advisor is Miguel Levy.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Outstanding GS Scholar 2014
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Graduate Research Colloquium 2014