Congratulations to Physics major, Daniel Ally, recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Student Excellence Award. Daniel was one of three graduating seniors named winner of the third annual CLAS Excellence Award. Initiated in 2017, these awards are given out in a variety of categories to those who embody the college’s standards of excellence. As recipient of this award, Daniel will be a guest of honor at the college’s “Evening of Excellence” celebration on April 12.
Daniel is a Double Major in Physics and Mathematics (both BS) and is President of the UF chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Professor Katia Matcheva, physics undergraduate advisor, nominated Daniel for the award, “I am very impressed by Daniel’s organizational skills: the ability to keep a very active social profile in the Physics Department, together with the heavy load of two time-demanding majors, Physics and Mathematics, which he excels at, these are very impressive accomplishments. What strikes me most, though, is his care and concern for his fellow students.”
As President of the SPS, a role Daniel approaches with passion and dedication, he has collaborated with faculty to provide and advertise GRE prep courses for physics majors and lobbied on behalf of all undergraduate students for new courses or conference funding. This spring, Daniel coordinated public outreach activities including the “Science Day Fair” at Depot Park, a celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. These events require an enormous amount of time and effort. In addition to these duties, Daniel is actively involved with Professor David Tanner’s research on “Infrared Reflectivity Measurements of SrTiO3.”
Daniel plans to attend graduate school in the fall.