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Department of Physics Annual Student Awardsupdated 10/07/2013
Edward Mazenc SB '13
The award, established by students, friends, relatives and colleagues of the late Professor Alan Barrett, honors his outstanding influence in the education of physicists and his fundamental contributions to the science and technology of astrophysics. A $1000 prize is awarded annually to a senior undergraduate or graduate in Astrophysics.
The 2013 Barrett Prize Winner - Edward Mazenc SB '13 (Astrophysics)
Thesis supervisors: David Kaiser and Alan Guth
|2008||J. Colin Hill|
|2007||Tucker A. Jones|
|2006||Emily M. Levesque|
|2005||Svetlin V. Tassev|
|2004||Laura A. Lopez|
|2003||Stefan W. Ballmer|
|2002||Joshua M. Lapan|
|2001||C. Adam Reynolds|
|1999||Eric B. Ford|
|1998||Edmund Mun Choong Kong|
Qian Lin SB '13
The Malcolm Cotton Brown Award
Awarded to a senior of high academic standing in physics who plans to pursue graduate study in experimental physics. Given in memory of Lt. Malcolm Cotton Brown, Royal Air Force, who was killed in service on July 23, 1918. The fund currently provides a prize of $1,000.
The 2013 Malcolm Cotton Brown Award Winner - Qian Lin SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Vladan Vuletic
Past Malcom Cotton Brown Award Winners
|2005||David Lopez Mateos|
|2003||Alexander D. Wissner-Gross|
|2002||Joshua M. Thompson|
|2001||Margaret W. Pan|
Nathan Benjamin SB '13.
Wojciech Musial SB '13
Awarded to a senior of high academic standing in physics who plans to pursue graduate study in physics. Given in memory of Philip Morse, MIT Professor of Physics, one of the renowned physicists of the 20th century, whose contributions spanned from basic physics to engineering. The fund currently provides a prize of $1,000.
The 2013 Philip Morse Memorial Award Winners
- Nathan Benjamin SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Allan Adams
- Wojciech Musial SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Allan Adams
Past Philip Morse Memorial Award Winners
|2006||Philip J. Richerme|
|2005||Alan M. Dunn|
|2003||Philip C. Schuster|
|2001||Aram W. Harrow|
The Joel Matthew Orloff Awards were established by Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Orloff in memory of their son Joel, a physics major, who died in an automobile accident shortly after graduation from MIT in 1978. One thousand dollars is awarded to each of several physics majors in the following three categories:
- Scholarship: Given to the student with the highest GPA in physics courses and, if a tie, the highest overall GPA.
- Research: Given to the student with the most outstanding senior thesis.
- Service: Given to the student with the most outstanding service to the department, Institute, or community.
The 2013 Joel Matthew Orloff Award Winners
- Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Markus Klute
- Nityan Nair SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
- Kevin Singh SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Janet Conrad
- Katelin Schutz SB '14
Christie Chiu SB '13
Thesis supervisor: Christoph Paus
- Kevin Singh SB '13
Past Joel Matthew Orloff Award Winners
|2013||Nityan Nair||Sabrina Pasterski||Kevin Singh|
|2012||Jonathan Ng||John Ruszczynski||Yan Zhu|
|2011||Ken Van Tilburg||Raghu Mahajan||Fangfei Shen|
|Joan C. Smith|
|2010||John Sebastian Pineda||William Throwe||Sara Campbell|
|2009||Vladimir Rosenhaus||Hyun Kim||Anjali Tripathi|
|2008||Yeming Shi||Ziliang Lin||J. Colin Hill|
|2007||Anna K. Labno||Widagdo Setiawan||Zachary D. Wissner-Gross|
|2006||Emily M. Levesque||Patrick S. Varilly||Anat Burger|
|2005||Jeffrey C. Falkenbach||Seth E. Dorfman||Susanna M. Thon|
|2004||Yuk Yan Lam||Michael J. Mortonson||Daniel Garcia|
|Laura A. Lopez|
|2003||Jeffrey B. Brock||David B. Starr||Terri M. Yu|
|2002||Stephan B. Gromell||Abhinav Kumar||Teresa A. Fazio|
|2001||Till Rosenband||John B. Hough||Bilge Demirkoz|
|2000||Mihai Ibanescu||Dawen Choy||Rafael Dinner|
|Daniel Dwyer||Humberto Valdes||Gabriel Rockefeller|
|1999||Eric B. Ford||Jeffrey C. Gore||Raeghan M. Byrne|
|1998||Anuranjita Tewary||Jeffrey Bowers|
|1997||Anna Lopatnikova||Iosif L.R. Bena||Evan Fortunato|
|1996||Marin Soljačić||Tairan Wang||Christopher Drew|
|Yun Song||Eugene Shuster|
|1995||Fernando Broner||Steven Johnson||Teresa Lau|
|Eugene Chang||Eliot Quataert|
Rudy Tanin SB '13
Awarded to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the spirit and characteristics of MIT's Physics students. Established with gifts from alumni and friends of the Department, the Order of the Lepton embodies the community and collaboration that is one of the hallmarks of the MIT Physics Department. The fund provides a prize of $1,000.
The 2013 Order of the Lepton Award Winner - Rudy Tanin SB '13
Past Order of the Lepton Award Winners
|Nathan Benjamin||Vincent Liew||Monica Pate||Narendra Tallapragada|
|P. Bryan Changala||Qian Lin||Michael Pearce||Logan Williams|
|Daniel Fremont||Gabriel Long||Nathan Robert||Fakhri Zahedy|
|Zachary Hynes||Nityan Nair||Elizabeth Santorella||Jonathan Zhu|
|Lauren Kuntz||Alberta Ngan||Christopher Schuch|
|Kevin Lang||Sabrina Pasterski||Scott Skirlo|
|Nathan Benjamin||Gabriel Long||Nathan Robert||Logan Williams|
|P. Bryan Changala||Nityan Nair||Elizabeth Santorella||Fakhri Zahedy|
|Zachary Hynes||Alberta Ngan||Christopher Schuch||Jonathan Zhu|
|Lauren Kuntz||Monica Pate||Scott Skirlo|
|Kevin Lang||Michael Pearce||Narendra Tallapragada|
- Prashanth Venkataram received the "Special Award for Selfless Service to Undergraduate Teaching by an Undergraduate Physics Student"
Awarded to a graduate student for outstanding contributions to the educational program of the Department during the past academic year. The $1,000 prize was established in 1987 by the late Mrs. Christina Buechner in memory of her husband Prof. William Buechner, who served as Physics department head from 1962-67.
The 2013 Buechner Student Teaching Prize Winner
- Michael Crossley (Theoretical Nuclear & Particle Physics - Thesis supervisor: Hong Liu)
|2003||Brice C. Smith|
Awarded to a graduate student in the mid-course of research for study in any area of physics, with preference given to experimental physics. The award was created in honor of Professor Martin Deutsch's outstanding contributions to Nuclear Physics as an educator and researcher and currently carries a prize of $1,000.
The 2013 Martin Deutsch Student Award Winners
- Wenlen Chen (Atomic Physics - Thesis supervisors: Vladan Vuletic) “for realizing an all-optical one-photon transistor”
- Lawrence Cheuk (Atomic Physics - Thesis supervisors: Martin Zwierlein) "for realizing spin-orbit coupling in an ultrafold atomic Fermi gas by dressing fermionic atom with laser light”
Past Martin Deutsch Student Award Winners
|2006||Gretchen K. Campbell|
|2005||Juan M. Pedraza|
|2004||Adam S. Bolton|
|2003||Aaron E. Leanhardt|
Established in 2010 and named after Henry Kendall, 1990 Nobel Laureate and long-time MIT Physics faculty member, the Kendall Awards recognize graduate student teaching assistants whose performance has been significantly above what is expected of a TA. Two to four awards, each with an accompanying prize of $750, are given annually.
The Fall 2013 Henry Kendall Teaching Award Winners
- Gregory Dooley (Astrophysics - Thesis supervisors: Anna Frebel) “for being a wonderful TA and going beyond the call of duty, in 8.282 and 8.284”
- Paolo Glorioso (Theoretical Nuclear & Particle Physics - Thesis supervisors: Hong Liu) "for pouring effort into 8.04 and devoting energy, caring and commitment to the students and their education”
- Ilkem Ozge Ozel (Atomic Physics - Thesis supervisors: Nuh Gedik) "for her phenomenal work in teaching 8.022"
- Evangelos Sfakianakis (Theoretical Nuclear & Particle Physics - Thesis supervisors: Alan Guth) "for the fantastic job that he has done in helping to mentor 15 undergraduates working on early-universe inflation”
|2013-14||Gregory Dooley||Fall 2013||8.282 & 8.284|
|Paolo Glorioso||Fall 2013||8.04|
|Ilkem Ozge Ozel||Fall 2013||8.022|
|Evangelos Sfakianakis||Fall 2013||8.286|
|2012-13||Shawn Henderson||Fall 2012||8.021|
|Timothy Hsieh||Fall 2012||8.511|
|Jeremy Lopez||Fall 2012||8.21|
|Chong Wang||Fall 2012||8.321|
|2011-12||Michael Crossley||Spring 2012||8.044|
|Cedric Lin||Spring 2012||8.02|
|Kevin Sung||Spring 2012||8.011|
|Tatiana Artemova||Fall 2011||8.591|
|Adrian Liu||Fall 2011||8.942|
|David Mross||Fall 2011||8.231|
|Anjan Soumyanarayanan||Fall 2011||8.01|
|Phillip Zukin||Fall 2011||8.02|
|2010-11||Byron Drury||Spring 2011||8.311|
|Jinrong Lin||Spring 2011||8.022|
|Leo Stein||Spring 2011||8.901|
|Francesco D’Eramo||Fall 2010||8.09|
|Nan Gu||Fall 2010||8.012|
|Duncan Ralph||Fall 2010||8.13|
|Phillip Zukin||Fall 2010||8.21|
|2009-10||David Mross||Spring 2010||8.20|
|Obioma Ohia||Spring 2010||8.02|
|Richard Ott||Spring 2010||8.14|
|Burak Alver||Fall 2009||8.13|
|Nabil Iqbal||Fall 2009||8.02|
|Daniel Sung-Joon Park||Fall 2009||8.321|
|Robyn Sanderson||Fall 2009||8.01|
Awarded to a graduate student in theoretical physics, with preference given to students from Los Alamos, NM, and New Orleans, LA. The award currently carries a prize of $1,000. The award was established by Mrs. Lucille Lockett Stone in memory of her husband, Dr. Andrew M. Lockett, who received his Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1954.
The 2013 Andrew Lockett III Memorial Fund Award Winner
- Maksym Serbyn (Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics - Thesis supervisors: Patrick Lee)
Past Andrew M. Lockett III Memorial Fund Award Winners
|2012||Daniel Sung-Joon Park|
|2004||Michael A. Levin|
|2003||Andrew M. Childs|
|1992||Catherine Trotter Wilson|
Established in memory of Sergio Vazquez, a graduate student in the Center for Theoretical Physics who was killed in an automobile accident on April 1, 1990, $1,000 to be awarded annually to a graduate student with preference for a student from an underrepresented sector of the population who had to overcome racial, physical or financial barriers.
The 2013 Sergio Vazquez Prize Winner
- Wei Sun (Experimental Nuclear & Particle Physics - Thesis supervisor: Ulrich Becker)
|Mohammad Faghfoor Maghrebi|
|2003||Qudsia Jabeen Ejaz|
- Francesco D'Eramo (Theoretical Physics. Thesis supervisors: Hong Liu, Krishna Rajagopal, Jesse Thaler) was selected by the University of California, Berkeley, for a 2012-2015 Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- Joshua Dillon (Astrophysics. Thesis supervisor: Max Tegmark) and Rebecca Levinson (Astrophysics. Thesis supervisor: Paul Schechter) received Graduate Student Awards to attend the July 2012 Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany.
- Georgia Karagiorgi (Experimental High Energy Physics. Thesis supervisor: Janet Conrad) received the American Physical Society's 2012 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics.
- Mark Ku (Atomic Physics. Thesis supervisor: Martin Zwierlein) received the Best Experimental Paper Award from the DARPA Optical Lattice Emulator Program.
- Daniel Roberts (Center for Theoretical Physics) received a Fall 2011 Graduate Fellowship Award from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Given to students judged to be "exceptionally talented and creative young innovators," the fellowship provides an award of up to $250,000.
- Leslie Rogers (Astrophysics, Thesis supervisor: Sara Seager) was one of 17 recipients nationwide to receive a 2012-2015 Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship. Leslie will study super-Earth and sub-Neptune exoplanets with Prof. John Johnson at the California Institute of Technology.
- Monika Schleier-Smith (Atomic Physics, Thesis supervisor: Vladan Vuletic) was one of three Hertz Fellows awarded a 2011 Thesis Prize for "most outstanding doctoral dissertation... for overall excellence and potential impact for application in the real world."
- Leo C. Stein (Astrophysics, Thesis supervisor: Scott Hughes) was one of 12 recipients nationwide to receive a 2012-2015 Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship. Leo will be based at Cornell University, where he'll continue his studies of black holes, the early Universe, and other systems that are potential probes of strong-field gravity.
- Alex Zylstra (Plasma Physics, Thesis supervisor: Richard Petrasso) received a National Ignition Facility (NIF) Directorate Award from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for his work on proton spectroscopy of inertial confinement fusion implosions. Alex also earned the Best Student Poster Award at the 2012 NIF User Group Conference, February 2012.