Graduate Awards

Graduate students doing physics research in our department are shining and being recognized for their remarkable scientific, educational and service achievements. Below, we showcase several of the awards and recognition achieved by our graduates. This list is not comprehensive. Please, let us know if your graduate student(s) obtained an award or recognition. We would love to showcase here all of these achievements.

Announcing the new Student of the Year Award 2018

This new award was created in the department with an emphasis on strong academy, research, and service records.  All students in the Physics graduate program supervised by Physics faculty (including secondary-joint and courtesy appointments) are eligible to apply.  The application deadline for Spring 2018 has been extended until March 30th.  For additional information, click here.

Announcing the new Graduate Student Service Awards 2018

outReach for the Stars Award: Awarded to a graduate student that has made an effort to bring services or information about Physics (or other STEM fields) to people where those services and/or information are lacking or non-existent. Two awards per academic year. Physics graduate students, faculty and affiliated faculty may nominate.

Mentoring Matters Award: Awarded to a graduate student that has dedicated his/her time to mentor (advise and/or tutor) another student in Physics (or other STEM fields) thus building a relationship that will play an important role in the student’s career development. One award per academic year. Physics students (undergraduate or graduate) may nominate.

Above and Beyond Award: Awarded to a graduate student that has demonstrated actions that go above and beyond the call of duty. The student may have volunteered his/her time in the service of others, be part of an organization that helps and/or represents the graduate student body and/or performed a task in the service of their community. One award per academic year. Physics graduate students, staff, or administration may nominate.

Self-nominations are also accepted.  Please, see the guidelines, which have been posted on the intranet.  Nominations will start on March 1st and end on March 31st.  Contact soto@ucf.edu if you have questions.

 

To see pictures of graduate student awardees, please click here.

Awards obtained by graduate physics students

Zahra Hooshmand Gharehbagh/ 2018 – Zahra was the winner of the 2018 Physics Graduate Student of the Year Award, which is awarded to a Physics graduate student in recognition of their outstanding academic and scientific achievements.  Runner-up: Shima Gholam Mirzaeimoghadar.

Rebecca Cebulka/ 2018 – Rebecca was one of 2 UCF Physics graduate students awarded the 2018 Above and Beyond Award, which is awarded to a graduate student that has demonstrated actions that go above and beyond the call of duty.  The student may have volunteered his/her time in the service of others, be part of an organization that helps and/or represents the graduate student body and/or performed a task in the service of the community.

Shima Gholam Mirzaeimoghadar/ 2018 – Shima was one of 2 UCF Physics graduate students awarded the 2018 Above and Beyond Award, which is awarded to a graduate student that has demonstrated actions that go above and beyond the call of duty.  The student may have volunteered his/her time in the service of others, be part of an organization that helps and/or represents the graduate student body and/or performed a task in the service of the community.

Brian Zamarripa Roman/ 2018 – Brian was one of 2 UCF Physics graduate students awarded the 2018 Mentoring Matters Award, which is awarded to a graduate student that has dedicated his/her time to mentor (advise and/or tutor) another student in Physics (or other STEM fields) thus building a relationship that will play an important role in the student’s career development.

Stephanie Jarmak/ 2018 – Stephanie was one of 2 UCF Physics graduate students awarded the 2018 Mentoring Matters Award, which is awarded to a graduate student that has dedicated his/her time to mentor (advise and/or tutor) another student in Physics (or other STEM fields) thus building a relationship that will play an important role in the student’s career development.

Mary Hinkle/ 2018 – Mary was one of 2 UCF Physics graduate students awarded the 2018 outReach for the Stars Award, which is awarded to a graduate student that has made an effort to bring services or information about Physics (or other STEM fields) to people where those services and/or information are lacking or non-existent.

Priyanka Vaidya/ 2018 – Priyanka was one of 2 UCF Physics graduate students awarded the 2018 outReach for the Stars Award, which is awarded to a graduate student that has made an effort to bring services or information about Physics (or other STEM fields) to people where those services and/or information are lacking or non-existent.

Daniel Franklin / 2018 – Daniel was one of 22 UCF students named as recipients of the 2018 Order of Pegasus, the university’s most prestigious student award.  Graduate students are selected based on their outstanding achievements in the areas of academics, university involvement, leadership and community service as well as publication or research experiences.  The winners will be honored at an April 2 ceremony.

Kathleen McIntyre/ 2018 – Kathleen was awarded the 2018 Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, which recognizes excellence by graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) who are not instructors of record, but who provide teaching support and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in the class.

K A M Hasan Siddiquee / 2017 – K A M Hasan was selected as one of the recipients of a Doctoral Research Support Award from the College of Graduate Studies. This award is meant to assist him with dissertation research expenses as he works towards completing his doctoral degree at the University of Central Florida.

Zahra Hooshmand Gharebagh / 2017 – Zahra was selected as one of the College of Sciences General Scholarship awardees.  This award recognizes her commitment and dedication to pursuing her educational goals.  She will be recognized at the 2017-2018 UCF College of Sciences Scholarship Luncheon to be held on October 12, 2017.

Daniel Franklin / 2016 – The Germany-based company Merck selected UCF’s plasmatic full-color display project led by professor Debashis Chanda, Ph. D., and physics graduate student Daniel Franklin for its “2016 Displaying Futures Award.”

Jenna Crowell / 2016 – Jenna was the winner of the best student poster award at the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS). Supported by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), Crowell attended the annual meeting in Beijing, China from July 31- August 5. Her presented poster won the top prize for the Planetary Science category in the student poster presentations. Advised by Yan Fernandez.

Takat Rawal / 2016 – Takat was recently selected as one of eight finalists for a top-level 2016 AVS National Student Awards. The AVS awards were established to recognize and encourage excellence among graduate students in the sciences and technologies of interest to AVS.

Zeinab Sanjabieznaveh / 2016 – First Place Doctoral award for Mathematics, Optics and Physical Sciences. Few Mode Multicore Photonic Lantern Mode Multiplexer. Mentor: Rodrigo Amezcua Correa

Marta Anguera / 2016 – Marta won the UCF Women in Science and Mathematics Scholarship ($500). Advised by Enrique del Barco

Marta Anguera / 2015 – Marta won the UCF Physics department Excellence in Teaching Assistance. Advised by Enrique del Barco

James Atkinson / 2015 – Jim won i) the UCF College of Science Excellence Award for Graduate Teaching Assistance, ii) the 6 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Award, and, iii) a GMAG Student Travel Award. Advised by Enrique del Barco.

Rebecca Cebulka / 2015 – Becca won the UCF Physics department Excellence in Teaching Assistance. Advised by Enrique del Barco.

Alvar Rodriguez / 2014 – Alvar won i) the UCF College of Science Excellence Award for Graduate Teaching Assistance, and, ii) the UCF University Award for Excellence as a Graduate Teaching Assistant”, with a cash prize of $2,000. The highest recognition awarded to a GTA at UCF. Advised by Enrique del Barco.

Simranjeet Singh / 2013 – Simran won the 2013 MMM/Intermag Best Poster Award. Advised by Enrique del Barco.

Alvar Rodriguez and James Atkinson / 2012 – Alvar and Jim won the 2012 Outstanding Physics Teaching Assistant Award by AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) . Advised by Enrique del Barco.

Spring 2018 Physics Teaching (GTA) Awards

LABORATORIES
1st place – Rainier Berkley
1st place – Will Richardson
Runner-up – Sunghyun Kim
Runner-up – Sean Buczek
Runner-up – Faisal Abedin
Runner-up – Fernand Torres-Davila

STUDIO/SCALE-UP/OTHER
1st place – Tyrone Thames
1st place – Didarul Alam
Runner-up – Coleman Cariker
Runner-up – Negar Otrooshi

Fall 2017 Physics Teaching (GTA) Awards

LABORATORIES
1st place – Rachel Evans
1st place – Andre Childs
Runner-up – William Richardson
Runner-up – Jesse Thompson
Runner-up – Rainier Berkley
Runner-up – Anthony Asilador

STUDIO/SCALE-UP/OTHER
1st place – Kathleen McIntyre
1st place – Daniel Reinhart
Runner-up – Tyrone Thames
Runner-up – Brandon Blue

Spring 2017 Physics Teaching (GTA) Awards

LABORATORIES
1st place – Justin Reyes
1st place – Brian Zamarripa Roman
Runner-up – Mary Hinkle
Runner-up – Mahboob Ur Rehman
Runner-up – Sheila Bonnough
Runner-up – Cameron Nickle

STUDIO/SCALE-UP/OTHER
1st place – Zoe Landsman
1st place – Ryan Challener
Runner-up – Mary Hinkle
Runner-up – Seth Calhoun