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June 2007

Release Date: June 7, 2007

Statewide Honors for Two ASU Physics Students

Angelo State University physics majors Andy Russell and Morgan Lynch garnered Outstanding Student Presentation awards at the 2007 Texas Physics joint spring meeting at Abilene Christian University.

Russell, a senior from Breckenridge, was honored for his presentation “Optical Tweezers at ASU,” which featured an apparatus he built that uses light to manipulate micro-particles. Lynch, a senior from San Antonio, won the award for his presentation “Rayleigh-Ritz Approximation for the Ground State Energy for a Particle in a Semi-Circular Well,” a theoretical physics experiment to calculate energies and compare the findings with different measurements.

Russell and Lynch were the only two undergraduate students to receive awards out of the more than 20 high school, undergraduate and graduate presenters. The presentations were judged by high school and college physics faculty from throughout Texas.

The annual meeting brings together members of the Texas section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Texas section of the American Physical Society and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students.

Russell is set to graduate in August and will attend medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Lynch is slated for graduation in May 2008.

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