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ASU Physics Students Win Awards at National Conference

March 08, 2010

Two Angelo State University physics students brought home research presentation awards from the recent 2010 National Winter Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in Washington, D.C.

Senior physics major Kunal Bhatnagar won a Society of Physics Students (SPS) Student Presentation Award for his research on “Growth and Characterization of Multilayer Structures.” Senior applied physics major Steven Jackson won an Undergraduate Research Oral Presentation Award for his research on “Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of Multilayered and Porous Materials.”

Each award winner received a copy of Curt Suplee’s “Physics in the 20th Century” illustrated coffee table book.

Jackson is vice president of ASU’s chapter of SPS, and Bhatnagar is the secretary.

Additionally, ASU senior physics major Logan Hancock was elected the sole student representative on the national Society of Physics Students Executive Committee. In that capacity, he is attending the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Education Advisory Committee meeting this week in College Park, Md.

“He represents the voices of undergraduate physics students across the nation to this advisory board, which guides the programs, funding and initiatives of the third-largest scientific organization in the world,” said Dr. Toni Sauncy, faculty adviser of Angelo State’s SPS chapter.

Hancock is president of ASU’s chapter of SPS. Sauncy is also attending the AIP meeting.