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2018 Graduate Student Research Symposium a Great Success!

The second annual Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduate Research Symposium took place Friday, March 31, 2018 at the University of Utah Guest House.

The idea behind this event is to bring all graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and all career and tenure track faculty together to foster communication, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas. This event provides first year graduate students an excellent opportunity to get to know our research programs, and professors are able to advertise their research projects and open research positions, all in a more relaxed atmosphere, outside the classroom, thus encouraging more student/faculty interaction.

There was a great turnout, with 50 student poster presentations and close to 100 total attendees. The event stimulated vigorous scientific discussion and was also quite fun.

The award winners for best poster presentation are:

  • 1st Place - Vijith Jacobpoovelil from Dr. Gail Zasowski's research group with his poster:
    "Stellar Doppelgangers & the Power of Chemical Tagging"
  • 2nd Place - Sanduni Fernando & Jason Martineau from Dr. Jordan Gerton's research group with their poster:
    "High Information Point-Spread Functions for Color Sensitive Localization Microscopy"
  • 3rd Place - Megha Agarwal from Dr. Eugene Mishchenko's research group with her poster:
    "Binding Energy & Lifetime of Excitons in Metallic Nanotubes"
  • Honorable Mention: Kevin McCarthy from Dr. Valy Vardeny's research group with his poster:
    "The Effects of Galaxy Assembly Bias on Redshift-Space Distortions"

Vijith Jacobpoovelil

Jason Martineau

Megha Agarwal

Kevin McCarthy

If you see these students around the department, please congratulate them for their achievement!


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