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2014 SPS Scholarship Recipients
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Outstanding Leadership  
Outstanding Leadership Winners: Christian Bayens, Katrina Hanson & Ashley Lindow  

Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
Award amount: $3000 | Award Information

Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Future Teacher Scholarship
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Peggy Dixon Two-Year Scholarship
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award Scholarship (AWIS)
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Leadership Scholarships
Award amount: $2,000 | Award Information

Christian BayensChristian Bayens—Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
University of North Alabama
I am a Junior Physics major at the University of North Alabama. Through my time at UNA I have served as both the treasurer and president of the university's SPS chapter. Upon entering the chapter, I played a major role in putting the small chapter on the map by organizing the chapter's first ever trip to a national SPS congress in 2012. I have also worked with the chapter on outreach and fundraising projects throughout the year and my goal for the next school year is to increase the chapter's membership. Through research at UNA, I have had the opportunity to study cD Galaxies using the Hubble Legacy Archive and work on groundbreaking research in the quantum mechanical study of endohedral fullerenes. In areas outside of physics, I have held major campus positions such as a student senator, university programming council chairman, student ambassador, resident assistant, and the president of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at UNA. My plans for the future are to apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and study at Cambridge England.

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Katrina HansonKatrina Hanson—Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
University of Wisconsin River Falls
I am currently completing my third year at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where I am pursuing dual degrees in Applied Physics and Bioproducts Engineering. I will complete my engineering coursework at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities beginning this fall. My three year active membership, including my two-year role as the president, of the UWRF SPS chapter has equipped me with strong leadership skills and instilled in me a passion for encouraging female representation in the STEM fields. I also contribute to the physics department by working as a tutor and grader, as well as planning and participating in a diverse range of science outreach opportunities. I am a member of honor societies Sigma Pi Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi and was recently awarded the UWRF Chancellor's Award for my service and leadership to the university. My current research involvement utilizes computational chemistry methods to model the photochemical scission of the S-N bond of an aromatic sulfilimine, resulting in the formation of the corresponding aromatic compound and a nitrene. Additionally, I work as a technical aide within the shape memory polymer program of 3M's Corporate Research Materials Laboratory. I am excited to partake in an internship program at NASA's Glenn Research Center this summer, where I will be working on a project related to polymer aerogels for aerospace applications. I am driven to pursue a career in research due to the ever-increasing demand for environmentally friendly industrial and consumer products and am passionate about making sustainable options convenient and accessible to the public. Because of this, I plan to enroll in a doctoral program upon completion of my undergraduate degrees. Alongside my academic work, my hobbies include running, doing creative projects, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and choral singing.

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Ashley LindowAshley Lindow - Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
Grove City College
Ashley is a junior at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Physics Secondary Education and Mathematics. She has been an active member of the Grove City College chapter of SPS and is currently the chapter secretary. She is also a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has attended and presented at local and national meetings. After graduating, she plans to teach in a high school, where she can introduce students to the wonders of physics. Outside of physics, Ashley enjoys fencing and ballroom dancing.
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Lauren DallachiesaLauren Dallachiesa - Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship
Grove City College
I am currently pursuing a Physics degree at Grove City College. I plan to graduate in 2015 and continue on to graduate school studying some form of materials science. Over the past 3 years at Grove City College, I have been an active participant in our Physics Club, in previous years I served as Outreach Coordinator. This year I have the honor of serving as Vice President of our Physics Club as well as President of our chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma. I've spent 3 years doing nanotechnology research at my home institution, and last summer I had the amazing opportunity to participate in an REU at Idaho State University. This summer I have the opportunity to do research at West Virginia University. In my spare time, I absolutely love hiking, caving, and just general exploring in the mountains where I live.

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Jerika NewittJerika Newitt - Future Teacher Scholarship
Brigham Young University
I have been involved in SPS since my sophomore year. Last year I worked with the president of our chapter of SPS to coordinate a conference for young women in the area. The conference was open to all young women between grades 6 and 12, and was attended by over 200 young women. In April I will graduate from BYU with a degree in applied physics with an emphasis in secondary education and a minor in mathematics. When I graduate I plan on teaching for a few years and will then continue my education in graduate school pursuing a master's degree in physics education and a gifted and talented endorsement.

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Aaron BlasbandAaron Blasband - Peggy Dixon Two-Year Scholarship
Collin Community College
I am currently completing my second year at Collin Community College in Plano, Texas, where I focused my studies on Astronomy, Physics, and Math. My most inspiring experience thus far has been a collaborative course in Astrobiology which culminated in my presenting research and participating in a panel discussion on SETI at the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference in 2013. I am looking forward to transferring to Texas A&M University in the fall and will be majoring in Physics, and hope to take full advantage of their Astronomy courses. The SPS program at A&M is currently in flux, but I view that as an opportunity to join at a time when I can have a big impact on the direction of the program. I plan to continue my studies by earning a doctorate in Astrophysics. Professionally, I plan to become a professor, conducting research and teaching students in a university setting. I am looking forward to the opportunity to study under some of the greatest minds in physics and astronomy. In the future, I hope to contribute to solving the many mysteries of the universe; and at the same time, as a teacher, I hope to inspire my own students to do the same.

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Angela LudwigsenAngela Ludwigsen - Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award Scholarship (AWIS)
University of Wisconsin River Falls
I am a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, majoring in physics and mathematics. I was recently inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma and look forward to being a part of that organization. I will be serving as VP of our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students. One of my favorite SPS activities has been outreach to young women to inspire them to pursue a career in science. I have tutored physics and math and will be the manager of the Physics Study Center in the coming academic year. I am a McNair Scholar and the president of SURSCA, a student organization that reviews and approves student applications for research grants. I currently am involved research Sizing Optically Trapped Water Droplets Using Cavity Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy at UWRF and this summer will be working in an REU at Michigan State on Exciton-spin interactions in dilute magnetic semiconductor quantum dots. In my spare time, I enjoy diving, origami, and playing my violin.
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Meredith GoldMeredith Gold - Leadership Scholarship
Brigham Young University
Meredith is a Junior majoring in physics at Brigham Young Universiity, and hopes to continue her studies into graduate school specializing in optics. While she is still considering the field of mechanical engineering, she, like every other narcissistically poetic young physics student, will probably be staying in physics because of her fascination with the astounding beauty and elegance of the universe. This summer, she will be working to set up programs and build demos for the BYU chapter of SPS and the Outreach Team for the fall, along with continuing research and T.A.ing. She will also be working on an undergraduate research grant she received to test her theories about entry level science education using humor essays, a project she started and found to be successful in high school. In addition to physics, Meredith loves piano/vocal composition, personal writing, inventing, her family, ramen, poodles, and talking about herself in third person.
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Nicole JohnsonNicole Johnson - Leadership Scholarship
Coe College
Nicole Johnson is a junior at Coe College. She has been an active member of the Coe Physics Club as former treasurer and current president. She has been actively involved in research since before her freshman year. She is currently studying electronic conduction in glasses that will be used in the next generation of particle detectors. This research has led her to spend a few weeks at CERN with her research group in addition to attending and presenting at a number of conferences. While not in the lab doing research or eating ice cream at the weekly Physics Club Ice Cream Socials, she can be found skating at the ice arena or traveling.

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Christina KreischChristina Kreisch - Leadership Scholarship
Washington University in St. Louis
I am a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a double major in physics and mathematics. I have been a member of the Society of Physics Students at WUSTL since I was a freshman. As a sophomore, I helped the officers plan activities such as homework nights, trips to our off-campus observatory, observing with our on-campus telescope, and liquid nitrogen nights. I also put together the Historian report the end of my sophomore year and our chapter received an Honorable Mention. As a Junior I was the Historian for our chapter and have been very involved with planning events. In particular, I helped plan and execute our first demo night. It was so successful that we received Third Place in the SPS photo contest. As a Senior, I will be the President of our chapter. In the fall I participated in the International University Physics Competition and received the Gold Medal. I have a strong interest in astrophysics and have presented at ten conferences. My research career began while in high school when I worked on the spectroscopic performance of different combinations of PMTs and scintillators at Washington University in St. Louis. Since 2011 I have been performing Mars research; one project has involved working with a spectrometer that orbits Mars. I have also traveled to the Mojave Desert to perform rover mobility tests with JPL. Last summer I had an internship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I performed research on the hydrodynamics in a galaxy cluster merger and am preparing a paper to be published in The Astrophysical Journal. This summer I will be interning at the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I will be performing cosmology research. I plan to pursue a PhD in astrophysics and teach at the university level.
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Sean McLaughlinSean McLaughlin - Leadership Scholarship
University of Illinois
I am currently a junior pursuing a degree in physics from the University of Illinois, with minors in math and computer science and a specialization in computational astrophysics. I'm currently involved with research in big data astronomy, as working as a teacher's assistant for the Intro Mechanics class. For the summer I intend to continue my research in order to work on my thesis. After graduation, I'm setting my sights high for graduate school, where I hope to earn my PhD in astrophysics.
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Khadijih N. MitchellKhadijih N. Mitchell - Leadership Scholarship
New Mexico State University
My name is Khadijih Mitchell, and am currently a finishing my sophomore year of physics. I am a very devoted full time mom, student, and worker. After I finish my Bachelors of Science in Physics I hope to continue my education through my post-doc preferably Somewhere in Europe. I hope to concentrate my work in alternative forms of clean energy, solar cells, and particle physics.
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Prajwal NiraulaPrajwal Niraula - Leadership Scholarship
Saint Peter's University
I am a junior at Saint Peter's University double majoring in Mathematics and Physics. I have been involved in Society of Physics Students since my freshman year. I served as Secretary in sophomore and as President in my junior year. During this period, I had opportunities to organize events, and work with friends. Involving in Society of Physics helped me develop friendship bonds, and gain wonderful experience that I would never had. My field of research is in cold plasma, which primarily involves producing different beautiful in special devices. However, I have worked in cosmology experiments, and have felt deeply in love with the subject. I am therefore planning to go to graduate school in cosmology. Right now, I am studying abroad in University of Zurich in Switzerland.
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Kelby PetersonKelby Peterson - Leadership Scholarship
Utah State University
I am a physics major at Utah State University. I got involved with USU's Material's Physics Group the summer after my high school graduation. My research through the last 3 years has focused on materials used in spacecraft design. I have been analyzing a collection of materials that spent 18 months suspended from the International Space Station, looking at how the space environment degrades materials. I have been honored to be accepted as an SPS intern working at NIST in Maryland/DC this summer identifying individual biomolecules in complex solutions. Outside of my research I'm also high involved in my university's SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma chapters. I have served as USU's Sigma Pi Sigma Vice President for the last year, as have been re elected for next year. I participate in countless outreach events through our SPS chapter a semester including numerous projects at local elementary schools, our annual Mythbusters demo show, Science Unwrapped outreach talks, Physics Day at Lagoon, and countless other things.Outside of physics I work as a Resident Assistant for on-campus housing, am the Director of Scholastics for the National Residence Hall Honorary, and will the president of USU's L.I.F.E Council next year.
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Ben PoundBen Pound - Leadership Scholarship
Utah State University
I am currently a junior at Utah State University, majoring in physics with minors in mathematics and chemistry. I was the Activities Chair this past year in SPS, and I have been elected to be the SPS president next year. The main focus of our chapter has been outreach, and I have enjoyed organizing and participating in numerous outreach events over the last year. My most recent research activities have been with carbon nanotube field emission and using carbon nanotubes as biological sensors. This summer I will be doing a summer internship at NIST in Gaithersburg. I hope to go to graduate school to study condensed matter physics and eventually do research at a national laboratory or as a professor.
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Richard PrinceRichard Prince - Leadership Scholarship
University of Tennessee Knoxville
I am a fifth year student at the University of Tennessee. I am majoring in the College Scholars program where my focus is on Experimental Biophysics and Science Policy. I've been involved with SPS as a chapter officer since my freshman year, and I served for two years as chapter President. I served two terms on the SPS National Council and one term as Student Representative to the Executive Committee. My current research focuses on ultrafast optics, and the applications of this field to confocal microscopy. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in biophysics and possibly pursue a Masters in Science Policy. I hope to continue to be involved in projects that increase public understanding of science and the influence of science in public events.
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