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Physics student awarded medal for research

Grant Remmen
Alex Schumann

At its 217th semi-annual meeting held in Seattle this January, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) named Grant Remmen, a student in the University Honors Program and a triple major in astrophysics, physics, and mathematics, as a recipient of the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award.

At the Seattle meeting, more than 300 students presented poster papers based on their research and competed for the award. Of these, seven undergraduates and seven graduate students were awarded the prestigious Chambliss medal for exemplary research. In his research, Remmen, a junior in the College of Science & Engineering, produced an updated estimate of the dark matter density profile of the Milky Way Galaxy. According to Scientific American, the AAS Meeting in Seattle was “officially the largest congregation of astronomers (3,400 of them) in history”.

Remmen is originally from Detroit Lakes, MN. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics and conduct research in theoretical and/or experimental astrophysics, quantum physics, and galactic dynamics. Under the mentorship of Professor Robert Gehrz, Remmen is currently investigating the effect on event horizon shape caused by velocity of a black hole relative to the Cosmic Background Microwave Radiation. During Freshman year, he completed a new assessment of dark matter distribution in the Milky Way Galaxy with Professor Thomas Walsh. Remmen is a Goldwater Scholar, a Presidential Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar, and a Bentson Scholar.

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