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2007 Student Awards

                                                       

The School of Physics and Astronomy Student awards were presented at the final colloquium of the semester.

Robert Pepin, Ardis Nier, widow of Alfred O. Nier, Kay Blair widow of J. Morris Blair and Bianca Conti-Fine, one of the principal donors behind the Larkin Fellowship were on hand for the awards. The School of Physics and Astronomy Student awards were presented at the final colloquium of the semester. Robert Pepin, Ardis Nier, widow of Professor Alfred O. Nier, Kay Blair widow of Professor J. Morris Blair and Bianca Conti-Fine, one of the principal donors behind the Anatoly Larkin Fellowship were on hand to meet the award recipients before the presentations. Apart from recognizing the outstanding achievements of select physics students, the awards provide scholarship and prize money ranging from $200 to full tuition fellowships.

The Alfred O.C. Nier Undergraduate Scholarship ($8,000) went to Daniel T. Brinkman and Nicholas S. Eggert. This scholarship was endowed by Mr. Albert Nerken to honor his friend and professional associate, Professor Alfred O. C. Nier The Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research ($6,000) went to Vanessa P. Cheesbrough. Professor Phyllis Freier established this scholarship in honor of her parents. The J. Morris Blair Scholarship ($2,500) went to David M. Toyli. This scholarship is awarded to a junior for use during their senior year. The Jeffrey Basford Scholarship ($3,000) was awarded Adam P. Pieterick. The Edmond G. Franklin scholarship provides full tuition for the 2007-2008 academic year. This new scholarship was endowed by Mr. Franklin, a Electrical Engineering graduate (B.S. 1947) who worked in Al Nier's laboratory as a student. It was awarded to David J. Christle, Craig J. Muckenhirn, Ashley L. Nord, and Malgorzata M. Siorek.

The Hagstrum Award ($1,000), a prize for graduating seniors from the Ph.D. program, was awarded to Elizabeth A. Barnes, Bradley M. Froehle, and Yeonbae Lee. The Aneesur Rahman Award ($1,500) a prize for advanced graduate students for outstanding research contributions, was awarded to Xiaohua Lou and Roman M. Lutchyn. The Outstanding T.A. Award ($200) which recognizes the work of teaching assistants was given to Ahmet Gumrukcuoglu, Thomas M. Kelley, Yen-Hsiang Lin, Matthew W. Parker, Stephen D. Snyder, and Kyle T. Zilic. The Robert O. Pepin Fellowship, a graduate scholarship, was awarded to Jolene L. Johnson. The Hoff Lu Fellowship, a scholarship for graduate students was awarded to Shun Wang. Created by sons Mike and Lester Lu, this fellowship was endowed with in honor of their father, the late Hoff Lu (Ph.D. 1941) Lu was a distinguished alumnus of the University, working in Al Nier's laboratory during the period when the Professor completed his famous work on U235 and U238. Hoff Lu is known as the father of theoretical nuclear physics in China.

The Anatoly Larkin Fellowship was awarded to Roman M. Lutchyn and Tao Hu. The Larkin Fellowship is a new scholarship awarded to a physics graduate student whose advisor is a member of the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute. The fellowship was established in memory of Professor Anatoly Larkin and was endowed by a group of 43 donors made up of his former students and colleagues. It is worth noting that one 2007 recipients of the Larkin Fellowship, Roman Lutchyn, was one of Professor Larkin's last advisees.