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December 2006 (Volume 15, Number 11)

Apker Award Honors Three Undergrads.

Apker Award Honors Three Undergrads

The LeRoy Apker Award is given for outstanding research accomplishments in physics by an undergraduate. Two categories are recognized, one for an undergraduate at an institution that grants the PhD, and the other for an undergraduate at an institution that does not grant the PhD. Normally, there is one award each year in each category. This year, however, an unusually large number of outstanding nominations were received. The selection committee responded by recommending three recipients to the APS Executive Board: two in the non-PhD category, and one in the PhD category.

On the left is Hugh Churchill of Oberlin College, whose senior thesis, done under the supervision of Stephen Fitzgerald, was on “Low-temperature infrared spectroscopy of H2 in solid C60.” He is now a graduate student at Harvard. In the middle is Huanqian Loh of MIT, who, working with James K. Thompson and Vladan Vuletic, wrote her senior thesis on “Applications of Correlated Photon Pairs: Sub-Shot Noise Interferometry and Entanglement”. She is spending this year working in a quantum optics laboratory in her native Singapore, and intends to begin graduate work in physics in the US next fall. At right is Stephanie Moyerman of Harvey Mudd College, who wrote her thesis on “Magnetic Structure Variations in Spin Valves with Pico-Scale Antiferromagnetic Layers” under the supervision of James Eckert and Patricia Sparks. Currently studying abroad on a Watson Fellowship, she will begin graduate school at UC Berkeley in the fall of 2007.

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff

December 2006 (Volume 15, Number 11)

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Mile-High City Will Host 2007 March Meeting
APS Kicks Off Campaign to Support Education and Outreach Initiatives
New Management Tackles Difficult Problems at Los Alamos
Apker Award Honors Three Undergrads.
Council Passes Statements on Linear Collider, Careers in Physics
Kadanoff Wins Lorentz Medal
DPP Meeting Features Latest Advances in Plasma Physics Research
APS Establishes New Committee On Informing the Public
Clarification Eases Visa Procedure
MuCap Results, Nucleon Spin Structure Highlight 2006 DNP Meeting
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This Month in Physics History
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