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SPS Scholarship Recipient Anna Quider Receives AAS Award

Anna QuiderSeptember 19, 2006--College Park, MD  Anna Quider (pictured at left), a Sigma Pi Sigma member at the University of Pittsburgh and recipient of the 2006 SPS Bloomfield Memorial Scholarship, has recieved an award from American Astronomical Society (AAS), the Chambliss Student Achievement Medal. The awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Awardees are honored with a Chambliss medal and a certificate.

Anna just completed her fourth year at the University of Pittsburgh and will graduate in May 2007 with an Honors B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Religious Studies. She has been a member of the Pitt Quasar Research Group, led by Dr. David Turnshek and Dr. Sandhya Rao, for 3.5 years. Anna is Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review, which is a national multidisciplinary journal of original undergraduate research run through the Pitt Honors College.

Anna's research focuses on quasar absorption line systems, specifically Magnesium-II systems and gas metallicity relationships. She recently lectured on this topic to the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and will present a poster on this work at the American Astronomical Society meeting this summer. She was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2005 for her academics and research.

Anna helped to re-activate the Pitt SPS chapter and promotes outreach activities for the chapter. She is primarily involved with teaching elementary, middle, and high school students about physics and astronomy through the use of a reflecting telescope with a solar filter. This summer she volunteered as an astronomy teacher at a Girl Scout weekend camp in her hometown of Grand Island, NY. She voluntarily teaches problem sessions and occasionally guest lectures for the Pitt Honors Introductory Physics I and II classes.

Her future plans are to attend graduate school in Fall 2007 for astrophysics and to become a professor of physics and astronomy. As a professor, she hopes to continue her research and efforts to make astrophysics accessible to a general audience.

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