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Department of Physics Annual Student Awardsupdated 05/23/2013
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 2012 Malcolm Cotton Brown Award Winners
- Emily Davis SB '12
Thesis supervisors: Nergis Mavalvala
- Vinay Ramasesh SB '12
Thesis supervisor: Martin Zwierlein
Past Malcom Cotton Brown Award Winners
|2005||David Lopez Mateos|
|2003||Alexander D. Wissner-Gross|
|2002||Joshua M. Thompson|
|2001||Margaret W. Pan|
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 2012 Philip Morse Memorial Award Winner: Longzhi Tan SB '12
Thesis Supervisor: Jeff Gore
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 2012 Joel Matthew Orloff Award Winners
- John Ruszczynki SB '12 - Academic Advisor: Isaac Chuang
- Jonathan Ng SB '12 - Thesis supervisor: Jan Egedal-Pedersen
- Service - Yan Zhu SB '12 - Academic Advisor: Nergis Mavalvala
Past Joel Matthew Orloff Award Winners
|2012||John Ruszczynki||Jonathan Ng||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|
|Daniel Bulmash||Ying-Yu Ho||Jonathan Ng||John Ruszczynski|
|Tucker Chan||Matthew Houston||Eleanor Phillips||Benjamin Steinhorn|
|Hui Xiao Chao||Ryan Janish||Vinay Ramasesh||Longshi Tan|
|Emily Davis||Dustin Katzin||Mallika Randeria||Chun-Kai Wang|
|Zachary Fisher||Gregory Lau||Thomas Roxlo||Yan Zhu|
|Daniel Bulmash||Zachary Fisher||Gregory Kang Lau||John Ruszczynski|
|Tucker Chan||Ying-Yu Ho||Jonathan Ng||Benjamin Steinhorn|
|Hui Xiao Chao||Matthew Houston||Eleanor Phillips||Longshi Tan|
|Linda Chen||Ryan Janish||Vinay Ramasesh||Yan Zhu|
|Emily Davis||Dustin Katzin||Mallika Randeria|
- P. Bryan Changala (SB '12, Physics & Chemistry) and Nityan L. Nair (SB '13) were named 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, a premier distinction for mathematics, science, and engineering undergraduates nationwide. Each four-year U.S. institution is permitted only four nominees, with the award based on academic merit. The scholarship, given annually to several hundred students by the Goldwater Foundation, provides $7,500 for each remaining year of college.
- Taylor Jay (SB '12, Thesis Supervisor: Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano) was awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as of Fall 2012.
- Lauren Kuntz (SB ’13, Thesis Supervisor: Martin Zwierlein) received the NCAA Elite 89 Award for Indoor Track and Field. The award is given to the student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average competing at the final site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships. Lauren also was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team.
- Cameron McCord (SB '13, Physics & Nuclear Engineering) was awarded a 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship by the U.S. Treasury Department. Created by Congress in 1975, the award provides $30,000 for graduate study in preparation for careers in government or the non-profit sector.
- Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski (SB '14, Thesis Supervisor: Markus Klute) was named a "Lindau Nobel Young Researcher" and invited to attend the July 2012 Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany.
- Stephen Serene (SB '12) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team.
- P. Bryan Changala (SB '12, Physics & Chemistry) was named a 2012 Burchard Scholar for demonstrating excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, and social sciences, as well as in science and engineering.
- Anna Ho (SB '14) was named a 2012 Burchard Scholar for demonstrating excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, and social sciences, as well as in science and engineering.
- Elizabeth Toller (SB '14) was named a 2012 Burchard Scholar for demonstrating excellence in some aspect of the humanities, arts, and social sciences, as well as in science and engineering.
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 2012 Barrett Prize Winner - Renyu Hu (Astrophysics)
Thesis supervisor: Sara Seager
|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|
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 2012 Buechner Student Teaching Prize Winner - No Award in 2012
|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 2012 Martin Deutsch Student Award Winner - Sheila Dwyer (Astrophysics)
Thesis supervisor: Nergis Mavalvala
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 2013-14 Henry Kendall Teaching Award Winners
- Shawn Henderson (Fall 2013) “for conducting outstanding recitations in 8.021, where he had a great rapport with students and guided them gently towards finding their own answers to questions”
- Timothy Hsieh (Fall 2013) "for writing psets and solutions, maintaining the website, and holding weekly recitations for 8.511”
- Jeremy Lopez (Fall 2013) "for his work in 8.21, including producing nearly perfect problem set solutions and giving constructive feedback about psets and exam questions"
- Chong Wang (Fall 2013) "for doing an all-around-wonderful job as an amazing TA in 8.321”
|2013-14||Shawn Henderson||Fall 2013||8.021|
|Timothy Hsieh||Fall 2013||8.511|
|Jeremy Lopez||Fall 2013||8.21|
|Chong Wang||Fall 2013||8.321|
|2012-13||Michael Crossley||Spring 2013||8.044|
|Cedric Lin||Spring 2013||8.02|
|Kevin Sung||Spring 2013||8.011|
|Tatiana Artemova||Fall 2012||8.591|
|Adrian Liu||Fall 2012||8.942|
|David Mross||Fall 2012||8.231|
|Anjan Soumyanarayanan||Fall 2012||8.01|
|Phillip Zukin||Fall 2012||8.02|
|2011-12||Byron Drury||Spring 2012||8.311|
|Jinrong Lin||Spring 2012||8.022|
|Leo Stein||Spring 2012||8.901|
|Francesco D’Eramo||Fall 2011||8.09|
|Nan Gu||Fall 2011||8.012|
|Duncan Ralph||Fall 2011||8.13|
|Phillip Zukin||Fall 2011||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 2012 Andrew Lockett III Memorial Fund Award Winner: Daniel Sung-Joon Park (Theoretical Nuclear & Particle Physics)
Thesis supervisors: Washington Taylor
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 2012 Sergio Vazquez Prize Winner: Joshua Bendavid (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
Thesis supervisor: Christoph Paus
|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.