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2014 Chien-Te Wu

Chien-Te won the Aneesur Rahman Award. His research focuses on the superconducting proximity effects in Ferromagnet/Superconductor heterostructures with his advisor, Professor Oriol Valls. Chien-Te will use the award for support in the summer while writing his thesis. He is originally from Hinschu, Taiwan.

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2014 Dan Endean

Dan won the Aneesur Rahman Award. He and his advisor, Professor Dan Dahlberg, research the properties of nanoscale magnets and the origins of magnetic noise. Dan and his wife hope to get a dog and this award will help with the expenses. He is originally from Holland, Michigan, and after graduation he will work in the Aerospace Division at Honeywell.

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2014 Justin Willmert

Justin Willmert won an Outstanding T.A. Award. Working with Professor Clem Pryke, he performs various data analysis tasks for the Keck Array data which will support the recent BICEP2 results. The tasks include checking the data quality as it is received from the telescope and performing calibration calculations. In the immediate term Justin will use the award to help with moving expenses, but he hopes to put save for either a road trip or for a TV. He is originally from Buffalo Center, IA, a small farming community in north-central Iowa just a few miles south of the Iowa-Minnesota border.

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2014 Sean Kalafut

Sean won an Outstanding T.A. Award. He and his advisor, Professor Roger Rusack, work on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, which studies collisions between two beams of protons in the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. They focus on the improvement and maintenance of the electromagnetic portion of the CMS detector, and the search for right-handed W bosons and heavy neutrinos that may be produced in high energy proton-proton collisions. Sean will save half of his award for retirement and the other half for a university gym membership. Sean is originally from the southeastern US.

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2014 Tobias Gulden

Tobias won the Robert O. Pepin Fellowship. He works on condensed matter theory with his advisor, Alex Kamenev. His research project involves single-molecule magnets, which are large molecules with a big net spin and magnetic moment. They are especially interested in treating the splitting between two degenerate ground states via semiclassical methods. Tobias will use the award to fund summer research. He is originally from Feuchtwangen, a small town in the state of Bavaria in Germany, and he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Regensburg.

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2014 Staci Tiedeken

Staci won an Edmond G. Franklin Scholarship. She conducts her research with Professor Lucy Fortson, using data from the Galaxy Zoo project to analyze three-armed spiral galaxies. Staci will use her award to help pay for the cost of next year's tuition. She is originally from Faribault, MN.

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2014 Alexander Engel

Alexander won an Edmond G. Franklin Scholarship. His advisor is Professor Eric Ganz. Alexander will use the award to help cover the cost of tuition. He is originally from Cicle Pines, a suburb just north of Minneapolis.

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2014 Henry Duran

Henry won the Marquit-Grieser Scholarship. He is interested in particle physics research and his advisor is Professor Greg Palowski. He will use his scholarship to help cover the cost of tuition. Henry was born in Frankfurt, Germany.

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2014 Ben Ihde

Ben won an Edmond G. Franklin Scholarship. He worked with Professor Shaul Hanany's research group, which studies B-mode radiation in the Cosmic Microwave Background. The scholarship will support his last two semesters of undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota. Ben is originally from Whitefish Bay, WI.

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2014 Timothy Gburek

Timothy won the Jeffrey Basford Scholarship. He works with Professor Gehrz on the Spitzer Infrared Intensive Transients Survey (SPIRITS), a project that uses the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope to obtain multi-epoch infrared images of over 150 galaxies in search of explosive transients and eruptive variables. Timothy performs data reduction of supplemental infrared imaging data taken at the UMN's Mt. Lemmon Observing Facility (MLOF). These images give additional data at wavelengths not seen by Spitzer. Timothy will use his award to help pay tuition. He is originally from Oswego, IL.


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