Physics professors receive UT System Valley STAR award
Professors Hamidreza Ramezani and Myoung-Hwan Kim, Assistant Professors in the department of Physics, have each received the prestigious Valley STAR award from the University of Texas System in Spring 2016. The award to Myoung-Hwan has been granted for his proposal on Mid/Far infrared spectroscopy and microscopy system. The award to Hamidreza has been granted for his proposal on Exploring non-Hermitian Physics. In August of 2004, The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved an allocation of funds to be awarded to System institutions to help attract and retain the best qualified faculty. The STARs (Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention) program provides funding to help purchase state-of-the-art research equipment and make necessary laboratory renovations to encourage faculty members to perform their research at a UT institution. (See: https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/academic-affairs/stars-program). Dr. Ramezani has come to the UTRGV from the University of California, Berkeley, in January 2016. Dr. Kim joined at the same time from the Columbia University.
Student Kareem Wahid receives excellence award
Mr. Kareem Wahid, Physics Major graduating this Spring, was awarded the inaugural UTRGV Honors College Excellence Award for the Best Honors Thesis. This is a single award given every year.
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov recognized for his mentorship of new faculty
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov (right), Associate Professor of Physics, received the 2016 New Faculty Support Program Mentor Award at a ceremony held May 5 in the Ballroom at the Edinburg Campus. Pictured left to right with Rakhmanov are Dr. Myoung-Hwan Kim, his mentee who nominated him for the award, and Dr. Parwinder Grewal, Dean of the College of Sciences. Read more
Student Kareem Wahid receives prize
Mr. Kareem Wahid, Physics Major at UTRGV, has received an award from the American Physical Society (APS) at its March 2016 meeting at Baltimore. Kareem receives this prize for being among the top undergraduate presenters at the APS Meeting. Kareem's research project has been advised by Dr. Yuanbing Mao, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at UTRGV. The project, titled "Doped lanthanum hafnates as scintillating materials for high energy photon detection" is a collaboration between the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry, and also includes post-doctoral fellow, Madhab Pokhrel. Congratulations!
Andrea Silva was selected as the Outstanding International Female Student
International Women's Day was celebrated on the UTRGV Brownsville campus Thursday. Andrea Silva was selected as the Outstanding International Female Student. Dr. Karina Stiles-Cox, Chair of the Women’s Faculty Network, presented her with the award. UTRGV. Andrea is a Physics Major. She is planning to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Spring 2016. Andrea has been actively involved in undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Volker Quetschke. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences. She plans to pursue graduate study in Physics at UTRGV.
UTRGV Society of Physics Students named ‘Outstanding Chapter’
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 7, 2016 – Demonstrating the wonders of physics and inspiring the next generation of physicists has earned the UTRGV Society of Physics Students (SPS) honors as an Outstanding Chapter for 2015 by the SPS National Council.
This is the first time the student group has earned “Outstanding” honors among schools in Zone 13. It is the top accolade from the National Council for community efforts and student outreach. Last year, the UTRGV SPS Chapter won the Distinguished Chapter award.
UTRGV Physics students get awards at APS meeting
Ms. Srbuhi Yolchinian and Mr. Glenn Grissom, both M.S. Physics students at UTRGV were among winners in American Physical Society’s (APS) poster presentation competition at the Texas Section of APS (TSAPS) meeting in Fall 2015, held at the Baylor University in Waco, TX. The award carries a cash prize. Ms. Yolchinian’s presentation was titled “Shape-dependent nanoenergetic gas generators based on bismuth trioxide nanoparticles”. Ms. Yolchinian’s research project has been supervised by Dr. Karen Martirosyan, Professor in the Physics department and Associate Dean of Research in the College of Sciences. Mr. Glenn Grissom’s research, titled “Dye-Sensitized Photovoltaic Cells with Enhanced Exciton-Hole Separation and Barrier”, has been supervised by Dr. Ahmed Touhami, Associate Professor in the Physics department.