The APS Apker Award is given annually for outstanding research by an undergraduate. Finalists are chosen in two categories: from institutions that award PhD degrees, and from institutions not awarding the PhD. The finalists meet with the selection committee for a day of interviews, which this year took place on September 11 at SLAC. The committee then recommends recipients in each of the two categories to the APS Executive Board.
Shown here are six of the seven finalists. They are (l to r): Hugh Churchill (Oberlin), Matthew Pellicione (RPI), Inna Vishik (Stanford), Benjamin Heidenreich (Amherst), Huanqian Loh (MIT), and Timothy Cronin (Swarthmore). The seventh finalist, Stephanie Moyerman of Harvey Mudd, was in Europe on a fellowship, and was prevented from returning to the US by the conditions of the grant. The committee conducted her interview via teleconference from London. The recipients of the 2006 Apker Award will be reported in the next issue of APS News.
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