Each year after a rigorous selection process, APS presents two undergraduates with the LeRoy Apker Award for outstanding research accomplishments. This year the award broke new ground, in that both the recipients hailed from women's colleges.
Bilin Zhuang graduated this spring from Wellesley College, where her research supervisor was Courtney Lannert. She was recognized for her work on the thermodynamics of frustrated Ising systems.
Kathryn Greenberg graduated from Mount Holyoke College, having worked under the supervision of Janice Hudgings on thermal coupling and lensing in arrays of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers.
Zhuang is currently employed by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Singapore) and works on theories related to MRAM devices. She intends to pursue PhD studies in theoretical physics or chemistry starting in Fall 2010.
Greenberg is studying for her Master's degree at Cambridge University on a Gates Scholarship, working in Professor Sir Richard Friend’s group. Next year she will pursue her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard.