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Chris Conklin

2015 Chris Conklin

Chris Conklin won the 2015 Outstanding T.A. Award. He works with Jorge ViƱals studying electrokinetics of liquid crystals. Their focus has been on understanding the mechanism behind the unique flow effects that occur when a liquid crystal fluid is subject to an electric field. They study this behavior numerically using tools at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. He plans to put some of his prize money into savings and some to pay for golf in the summer. He is originally from Eden Prairie, MN.

Xiaoyu Wang

2015 Xiaoyu Wang

Xiaoyu Wang won the 2015 Hoff Lu Fellowship. His research interest is on condensed matter theory, in particular high temperature superconductivity and magnetism. His advisor is Rafael Fernandes. He plans to use the fellowship to to fund his summer research as well as attend conferences. He is originally from China.

Lauren Schlenker

2015 Lauren Schlenker

Lauren Schlenker won the 2015 Harry and Viola St. Cyr Scholarship for Summer Research. She works with Professor Martin Greven's research group, growing and studying high-temperature superconductors in order to discover the physics behind why these materials work they way they do. She plans on using the money for tuition, and also treating herself to a nice laptop to use for my upcoming aerospace classes. She is originally from Woodbury, MN.

Quynh Nguyen

2015 Quynh Nguyen

Quynh Nguyen won the 2015 Hagstrum Award. He worked with Professor Jeremiah Mans for the CMS experiment, and with Dr. Alberto Marchionni for the Deep Underground Neutrino experiment at Fermilab. He plans to use the money to visit home (Vietnam) in the summer. He plans to attend the physics PhD program next year at New York University.

Han Fu

2015 Han Fu

Han Fu won the 2015 Larkin Fellowship. Her research focuses on the electronic physics in nano-systems such as nanotubes, nanocrystals and nanoclusters. Her adviser is Professor Boris Shklovskii. She plans to use the fellowship to study the electron distribution around donor nanoclusters in SrTiO3 (STO). She is originally from China.

Melissa Bosch

2015 Melissa Bosch

Melissa Bosch won the 2015 Edmond G. Franklin Scholarship. She will participate in the UIUC Physics REU program, focusing on the growth of high-temperature superconducting thin films under Dr. Dale Van Harlingen. Her (U of M) adviser is Prof. Paul Crowell. She plans to use the scholarship to pay for tuition. She is originally from Maple Grove, MN.

Alexander Engel

2015 Alexander Engel

Alexander Engel won the 2015 Edmond G. Franklin Scholarship. He plans to use the scholarship for tuition. He is originally from Circle Pines.

Xin Li

2015 Xin Li

Xin Li won the 2015 Aneesur Rahman Award. Her research focuses on phenomenology of hadrons containing heavy quarks, and explaining experimental results from electron-positron collisions. Her advisor is Prof. Mikhail Voloshin. She is originally from Wuhan, a city in China that is also on the river. She spent two years in Purdue University before coming to Minnesota to study particle physics.

Nick Mast

2015 Nick Mast

Nick Mast won the 2015 Outstanding T. A. Award. He works with the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search group under advisor, Prof. Vuk Mandic. He plan to use the monetary part of the award to put a dent in my student loans. Nick grew up in Hayward, WI.

Sajna Hameed

2015 Sajna Hameed

Sajna Hameed won the 2015 Outstanding T.A. Award. She currently works on Random Matrix Theory with Prof. Alex Kamenev. Sajna's work mainly concerns with certain eigenvalue properties of products of random matrices that are seen to be invariant with respect to the underlying probability distribution of the matrix elements. She plans to use the award for a trip to California to visit her brother and friends. Sajna is originally from Kerala, India.

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