Physics graduate student Abhilash Kantamneni has been offered membership in the prestigious Mensa International after clearing their qualification exam. Membership of Mensa is open to persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised.
The Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been selected as a 2010 Blake Lilly winner. The submission of the chapter’s outreach program was very impressive to the Blake Lilly Prize Committee. The chapter will receive the three-volume set of the Feynman Lectures on Physics and a certificate. The Michigan Tech chapter will be listed in the SPS Observer and on the SPS national website as a Blake Lilly winner. The organization was congratulated by past SPS president and physics alum Carly Robinson. She was president during 2005-2007 when the Family Physics Night outreach program was initiated by the SPS officers, Dr. Cantrell, Mike Meyers, and Joan Chadde. 2010 Blake Lilly Prize Recipients
Professor of Physics John A. Jaszczak was nominated by Michigan Tech’s Provost for theFourth Annual Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Recognition, sponsored by chief academic affairs officers of the 15 public universities in Michigan. The Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year recognition program recognizes outstanding faculty contributions to undergraduate instruction.
Provost Max Seel cited Dr. Jaszczak’s work with establishing educational components fornanotechnology, especially the NSF funded work establishing Nanotech Innovations Enterprise; his work as an academic advisor for physics majors, especially in recruiting and mentoring students interested in becoming physics teachers; and helping to develop, implement and share physics-education-research-based reforms in introductory physics courses.
Michigan Technological University honored Professor Bryan Suits for 25 years of service and Associate Professor Robert Weidman for 30 years of service. The recognition dinner and presentation were held on May 4, 2010, with Glenn D. Mroz presiding.
The 16th Annual Student Awards Banquet was held on Sunday, April 25, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Thirteen awards were presented. Nearly 200 faculty, staff, students and campus leaders attended. Among the award recipients is Engineering Physics graduate student Archana Pandey, who was honored for Exceptional Leadership in Residential Community. Former physics major Elissa Barris won the Provost’s Award for Scholarship. Physics major Gregory Lau was nominated for the Provost’s Award and physics major Viktor Bollen was nominated for the Exceptional Enthusiasm as a Student Leader Award.
The Graduate School is pleased to announce the awarding of six fellowships made possible by the generous support of The DeVlieg Foundation. Among the recipients is Physics PhD candidate Colin Gurganus.
This award recognizes current female students from each academic department who go above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of being a well-rounded student. The award goes to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, campus and community leadership, good citizenship, creativity and other characteristics of high-achieving individuals. Among the honorees is physics major Erin M. Scanlon.