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2007 Physics & Society Student Fellows
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APSThe American Physical Society Forum on Physics and Society (FPS), in partnership with the Society of Physics Students and the APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs, proudly launched the Student Fellowships in Physics and Society this year.


THE 2006-07 FELLOWS ARE:


Lee Massey Lee Massey is an undergraduate physics student at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls; and a mechanical engineering undergrad at the University of Minnesota.  Mr. Massey will be preparing a report on “the current state of research in the filed of alternative renewable fuel sources for use in vehicles and their realistic possibilities, shortcomings, and the challenges that are being faced during research and development."
   
Eric Flumerfelt Eric Flumerfelt and Elise Buckley are both physics undergraduates at Juniata College.  Their project will address the fundamental misconceptions amongst high school students and undergraduates about radiation, such as failing to understand the distinction between irradiation and contamination.  Specifically, they will develop an educational module on radiation that will accompany a larger project underway at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories studying the detection capabilities of radiation portal monitors.
Elise Buckley

The primary goal of the Student Fellowship in Physics and Society is to provide research and project opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in physics and society, and to raise the awareness of applying physics to problems in society as a career and as an important undertaking by members of the physics community. 

There are three objectives of the program. 

  • First, some students who are exposed to issues where physics impacts societal issues will choose to make careers in this area.  These students will provide a badly needed younger generation of technically literate policy researchers, analysts, and leaders. 
  • Second, there are many more technical issues on the interface between physics and society than there are physicists working on them.  Putting talented young people to work on these problems will help society and the physics community. 
  • Finally, students involved in projects applying physics to social issues will communicate their excitement to fellow students and faculty members in their institutions and nationally, thus raising the awareness of the entire physics community.

The Fellowships are open to undergraduate or graduate students in physics who will be awarded up to $4,000 each to support a project that applies physics to a societal issue.

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