Last weekend the Department of Physics celebrated eight graduates in the class of 2015: Laura Carpenter, Ryan Heaney, Gregg Khodorov, Laura Lai, Claiborne Morton, Kathryn Schiff, Samuel Stephenson, and Jasmine Vicencio.
The accomplishments of these excellent students were highlighted in a department party in which many family members, other students, and faculty members participated (more than 60 people in total!). Everybody enjoyed some light snacks and drinks, and many very proud parents, grandparents, family, and friends, heard Prof. Briscoe, the Department Chair, praise the graduates for their achievements. He also presented departmental awards to several undergraduate and graduate students: the Outstanding Physics Department Teaching Assistant Award to Ben Kopshik; the AAPT Outstanding GTA Award to Trevor Balint; the Craig Futterman Prize for Best Graduate Student in Biophysics to Adam Hughes; the James MacBride Sterret Jr. Prize in Physics to Sadina Videlock-Prentice; and the Professor Emeritus J. Roger Peverley Prize for Undergraduate Research in Physics to Brian Alden and Laura Lai.
The department was very pleased to award Greg Khodorov Special Departmental Honors. This requires a GPA of over 3.5, both overall and in physics, and a two-semester, in-depth research project. Greg did his research with Prof. Qui in collaboration with NIH, on “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Means of Exploring Movement Disorders”. Greg is going on to medical school at Rutgers University after graduation.
After the award presentation, the Society of Physics Students demonstrated several of their fun outreach activities, which were clearly enjoyed by children of all ages (from 8 to 80). After donning the robes, the faculty and students participating in the Columbian College celebration had a photo shoot on the Corcoran building steps.
The department is very proud of its graduating class. Congratulations to the graduating students, and we wish them every success in the future!