Faculty Host the Graduate Students event 2011

December 2011
Physics research groups showcase their work and the annual graduate student recognition awards are announced.
Event Photos


The Wayne Bomstad II Memorial Award for Teaching Assistants

This award is in memory of Wayne Bomstad, an important member of the graduate student teaching team.

Discussion Sections

Francisco Rojas receives the Wayne Bomstad Award for Discussion Sections. Presenting the award is the Physics Chairman, Prof. John Yelton. Francisco has recently been doing discussions for Prof. Acosta and Qiu in PHY 2049, and they note that he has always be very helpful dealing with student issues and giving extra review sessions, and very efficient with grading and proctoring. The undergraduates love to come to his office hours, where he is clearly patient and clear in his explanations. Not able to attend, Mrs. Shuminsky, Wayne Bomstad's mother, writes that she sends her congratulations and that she is very proud to present this award to a great discussion leader. She also congratulates Francisco on being a new parent and asks that he keep up the good work as an outstanding leader, which is so important with being a student today.



Laboratory Sections

Miguel Gonzalez receives the Wayne Bomstad Award for Labs. Presenting the award is the Physics Chairman, Prof. John Yelton. Miguel Gonzalez is one of our most outstanding instructors. His students appreciate his straightforward explanations and consistently give him excellent evaluations. Miguel handles the administrative duties superbly and in a timely manner. He has a strong work ethic and volunteers to take the first labs (7.25 a.m.) and is quick to volunteer to substitute for fellow graduate students who travel to professional meetings. Not able to attend, Mrs. Shuminsky, Wayne Bomstad's mother, noticed that Miguel was cited for his work ethic. She also mentions that work ethic is one of the most important assets to have in any work force and leads to excelling in your career. Congratulations.











Tom Scott Memorial Award

This award is made annually to a senior graduate student in experimental physics who has shown distinction in research. The award honors the memory of Professor Tom Scott who made significant contributions to the Department both as a Chair and as a noted researcher.


The recipient of this year's award is Xiaoxiang Xi. Xi's work is in the infrared spectroscopy of superconductors and the magneto-spectroscopy of superconductors and semiconductors (at Brookhaven). He's already had five talks at national meetings and is one of the best students Dr. Tanner has ever had (and Tanner holds the record for the most PhD students from UF physics.)






The Charles F Hooper Memorial Award

This award is made annually to senior graduate students in physics who have shown distinction in research and teaching. The Award honors the memory of Professor Charles (Chuck) Hooper who made seminal contributions to the Department as a Chair, as a distinguished researcher, and as a beloved mentor/teacher.

The recipient of this year's award is Joe Grange. Joe works at Fermilab under the supervision of Prof. Heather Ray. He's already published a first demonstration of a set of techniques for present and future neutrino oscillation experiments looking to measure CP violation. This is not the first award Joe has won, earlier this year he won a prestigious APS Indo-US Science and Technology Forum travel grant to visit Aligarh Muslim University to help them implement neutrino interaction software. He has also been very active in graduate student life at Fermilab (near Chicago). He was an elected office of the Fermilab graduate student community and co-organized a conference.


E. Raymond Andrew Memorial Award

This award is given to a senior graduate student in physics for distinction in research. This award honors Professor Raymond Andrew, who made numerous significant contributions to the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

The recipient of this year's award is Kinjal Dasbiswas. Presenting the award is Physics chairman, Prof. John Yelton and Mrs. Eunice Andrew. Kinjal works on the theory of superfluids and supersolid Helium-4 under the supervision of Prof. Alan Dorsey. Kinjal came to us from IIT Kanpur, sailed through our core courses, and soon showed that he has the creative spark needed for success as a graduate student. Hes presently extending his work by studying the quantum tunneling of vortices in rotating Bose-Eintein condensates. He has presented his work at several meetings where he has shown himself to be a fine explicator, and has all the qualities needed to indicate a bright future as a physicist.