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2023 Graduate Awards

April 24, 2023

Four departmental awards were given to six selected graduate students this year for exemplary research and teaching.

At the end of each spring semester, the department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a catered reception to celebrate and honor our graduate students. The food and fellowship are followed by a ceremony to present the four departmental graduate awards to their recipients. Each award comes with a certificate, a monetary prize, and an engraved nameplate displaying the recipient’s name on a plaque in the Physics building lobby. The 2023 departmental Graduate Awards were held on Thursday, April 20.

Extra kudos to our Robert Wood Teaching Award Recipient, Sarita Shrestha for winning the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2023! The Center for Teaching and Learning administers the Outstanding Teaching Assistant (OTA) award, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. This award recognizes teaching assistants who demonstrate superior instructional skills while serving in the classroom or laboratory.

Bill Cummings Award: Dilimulati Aierken & Eric Goetz


Dilimulati Aierken & Eric Goetz, Bill Cummings Award Recipients

Anderson-Pioletti Award: Shishir Bhusal


Shishir Bhusal, Anderson-Pioletti Award Recipient

Kirkpatrick Award: Garret Floyd


Garret Floyd, Kirkpatrick Award Recipient

Robert M. Wood Teaching Award: Steven Hancock & Sarita Shrestha


Steven Hancock, Robert Wood Teaching Award Recipient


 Sarita Shrestha, Robert Wood Teaching Award Recipient

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