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2015 Graduation Ceremony

From the Office of the Registrar

"The University of Utah commencement and convocation ceremonies are held annually at the conclusion of spring semester. Candidates for graduation in the summer 2014, fall 2014, spring 2015, or summer 2015 terms may attend. University Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Jon M Huntsman Center. This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs and U alum Robert McDonald. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Anne Cullimore Decker, Henry B. Eyring, and Mark Fuller. For more information, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

Each college holds a convocation ceremony, where students are acknowledged individually by degree. For the date, time, and location of each convocation ceremony, please visit the College Convocations page.

Commencement and Convocation Ceremonies are open to the public and free to attend. No tickets or RSVP required. Those who are unable to attend commencement will be able to watch the live stream via the utah.edu website, or watch the rebroadcast on KUED Channel 7 on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 5:30pm."

Each college holds a convocation ceremony, where students are acknowledged individually by degree. For the College of Science Convocation Ceremony, this will take place at 6:00pm on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Kingsbury Hall. (Map)

The College of Science will hold a graduation reception. This will take place at 3:00pm on Friday May 8, 2015 at President's Circle.

To learn more, please visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

Graduation Events & Ceremonies

University of Utah
Commencement

Thurs., May 7, 2015
6:30pm
Jon M Huntsman Center
(Map)
College of Science
Graduation Reception

Fri., May 8, 2015
3:00pm
President's Circle
College of Science
Convocation Ceremony

Fri., May 8, 2015
6:00 pm
Kingsbury Hall
(Map)

 

Parking & Transportation
Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during commencement and convocation ceremonies. Please see our commencement parking map for parking locations as well as shuttle and TRAX stops. Additionally, since campus parking is limited, we encourage the use of UTA on these days. The use of UTA while on campus is free both days, but fare is still required for any off campus travel.

To learn more, please visit the Commencement Ceremony Parking & Transportation page.

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Field-Effect Transistors Made From Pybrid Perovskites

The remarkable crystalline materials may prove useful in many applications beyond solar cells


Valy Vardeny, distinguished professor of physics at the University of Utah. Photo Credit: University of Utah

The best hope for cheap, super-efficient solar power is a remarkable group of crystalline materials called hybrid perovskites. In just five years of development, organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have attained power conversion efficiencies that took decades to achieve with the top-performing conventional materials used to generate electricity from sunlight.

In a scientific first, researchers at the University of Utah and Wake Forest University now have demonstrated that the materials can be used to make field-effect transistors operating at room temperature. The feat shows that hybrid perovskites have potential to be used in a great many optoelectronic applications beyond solar cells.

Full Press Release.

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2015 Department Awards & Scholarships

Graduation and commencement exercises for the University of Utah took place on May 7-8, 2015. The Department of Physics & Astronomy congratulates all of its 2014 graduates and welcomes them to their alumni family.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy congratulates all its 2015 student award recepients on their hard work and accomplishments. Recipients were honored at the Physics & Astronomy Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29 at 1:30 PM in JFB 102. Images & video to appear shortly.


Marzieh Kavand

Eddie Thenell

Yaxin Zhai

Kevin Davenport

Charlie Zhang

Mei Hui Teh

Trey Jensen

Jasmine Bishop

Cedric Wilson

Stephen Farrell

Matthew Dutson

Derek Sessions

Mark Hayward

Ethan Lake

Ian Sohl

Caleb Webb

 

Congratulations to our 2015 graduates and scholarship recipients!

2015 Awards & ScholarshipsBaccalaureate DegreesMasters DegreesPh. D Degrees

Swigart Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student
Marzieh Kavand
EddieThenell
Yaxin Zhai

Outstanding Graduate Student
Hassan Allami
Kevin Davenport

Outstanding Postdoctoral Research
Hong Guo
Charlie Zhang

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants
Adam Payne
Mei Hui Teh

Paul Gilbert Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Trey Jensen

Martin Hiatt Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Jasmine Bishop
Cedric Wilson

Outstanding Undergraduate - Senior
Rachel Petragallo

Outstanding Undergraduate - Junior
Stephen Farrell

Outstanding Undergraduate - Sophomore
Matthew Dutson

Tyler Soelberg Memorial Award
Sydney Duncan

Thomas J. Parmley Scholarship
Jasmine Bishop
Cedric Wilson

Walter W. Wada Scholarship
Derek Sessions

Departmental Scholarships
Mark Hayward
Ethan Lake
Ian Sohl
Caleb Webb

Amr Abd-Al-Ghaffar
Shannon Adams
Brandon Barrows
Trevor Brunnenmeyer
David Cavaness
Kevin Corelli
Christian Cox
Nathan Dansie
Trent Eason
Luis Arturo Garcia Remes
Ulrich Garn
Nancy Granda-Duarte
Christopher Harker
Joshua Harmer
Paul Harrie
Pyone Hlaing
Grey Hugentobler
Brandon Hullinger
Steven Hurst
David Kane
Spencer Knight
Jordan Krebs
Ryan Le Von
Charles Lee
Sophia Mahoney
Adam Millington
Shane Patterson
Rachel Petragallo
Sipha Phaophongsavath
Robert Rawson
Jaclyn Ray
Tim Riley
Nickolas Rollins
Lance Stalker
David Stephens
Garrett Stevens
Derek Strasters
Thomas Stucky
Chris Walthers
Bingran Wang
Kenneth Williams
Zhouheng Xu

Kevin Davenport
Barun Gupta
Jeremy Jorgensen
Henrik Odeen
Jonathan Richards
Bijaya Thapa
Edward Thenell
Zachary Zundel
Kapildeb Ambal
Carl Ebeling
Anil Ghimire
David Harris
Uyen Huynh
Josh Kaggie
Henrick Odeen
Adam Payne
Anne Marie Schaeffer
Ruiyao Wang
Peng Yang

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Going Dark to See the Night Sky

Join the University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy as we go dark for our first annual “International Dark Skies Week”, to spread awareness of light pollution.
All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 13:
Science Movie Night: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The City Library
Free & open to the public

With a post-film discussion led by Dr. Pearl Sandick, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Brought to you by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

Learn more...

Wednesday, April 14: Star Party,
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
South Physics Observatory
Free & open to the public

Let our observatory guides take you on a tour of the night sky! Learn more...

From the International Dark Sky Association website:

"Dark Sky Week Goals

  • Inspire people to celebrate the beauty of the night sky
  • Raise awareness about the negative effects of light pollution
  • Embolden folks to Take Action!

IYL2015logoInternational Year Of Light 2015

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015), commemorating the achievements of light science, its applications, and its contributions to humankind. IDA is committed to being an active participant in IYL2015 activities and events during International Dark Sky Week 2015 and throughout the year.

  • Day 1 (Monday, 4/13)Why Light Pollution Matters. Get a basic overview of light pollution including what it is and how it happens.
  • Day 2 (Tuesday, 4/14)Environmental Harms. See how light pollution puts animals and entire ecosystems at risk.
  • Day 3 (Wednesday, 4/15)Ill Health. Learn how light at night can be dangerous to human health.
  • Day 4 (Thursday, 4/16)Energy Waste. Find out how light pollution squanders energy and money and contributes to climate change.
  • Day 5 (Friday, 4/17) Safety & Crime. Learn why more and brighter lights can actually make us less safe.
  • Day 6 (Saturday, 4/18)Stars are Our Heritage. Discover why the night sky is important for humanity.
  • Day 7 (Sunday, 4/19)Take Action! Find out how you can simply and quickly make a difference."

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