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Department scholarships and awards presented April 12 at the annual Awards Reception of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Refer to our Awards and Recognition page for origins and descriptions.


Dan Black Physics-Business Scholarship

Stephen Lane is this year's recipient of the Dan Black Physics-Business Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Stephen transferred to CSUF as a business major from Willamette College in Oregon in 2008. His work with students in study sessions and as a laboratory assistant in the Astronomy Program at Mt. SAC helped to enhance his interest in Physics. During his first year in the Business School at CSUF, Stephen learned about the Dan Black Physics-Business Program and changed his major to Physics.

Dan Black Junior-Year Scholarship

Jacqueline Lee is this year’s recipient of the Dan Black Junior Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Jackie is a hardworking, highly motivated student with a demonstrated commitment to understanding physics. Jackie is pursuing undergraduate research experiences and will be working with Professor Josh Smith on LIGO gravitational-wave detection next fall. Her goal is graduate study in physics.

Dan Black Senior-Year Scholarship 

Wyatt Kiedrowski and Casey Sanchez are this year’s recipients of the Dan Black Senior Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Wyatt has an Associate’s Degree in business administration from Saddleback College and along with his physics major here at CSUF is enrolled in our Dan Black Physics-Business Program, taking upper division business courses in addition to his physics.

Casey is double majoring in physics and math and spent the last summer in Madison, WI working on an REU internship and is headed this summer for MIT on another REU project. Here at home, Casey has been involved with Professor Mike Loverude's physics education research as well as teaching the math department's supplemental instruction program.

Titan Shops Textbook Scholarships

Brent YatesCasey SanchezAnne Gustafson, and Alian Aquino each receive $500 for this year’s Titan Shops Textbook Scholarship in recognition of excellent academic achievement and their dedication and service to the physics department and their student colleagues.

Brent is a masters candidate working in Dr. Khakoo’s lab to investigate the ionization of neon and xenon. Brent has coauthored an article with Dr. Khakoo, published in the Journal of Physics in Fall 2009. Brent is a former president of the physics club and continues to serve the club with a variety of duties.

Alian is graduating Cum Laude and in the fall will be attending medical school at the University of Colorado–Denver, and has been accepted into their Global Health track.

Casey is a junior who is a double major in physics and mathematics and has been awarded a McNair Fellowship and is participating in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Research Careers. He will be doing research this summer at MIT and applying to Ph.D. programs in the fall.

Anne is a senior physics major with a wide variety of interests. In addition to her considerable physics skills, she is an outstanding athlete and is currently coaching high school track and cross-country. Anne’s ultimate goal is to teach high school physics.

Eiker-Adams Creativity Award

Josh Tanner receives $1,000 for this year’s Eiker-Adams Award for designing an inexpensive optical experiment to modernize our third semester introductory physics lab and to establish the optical inverse square law over three orders of magnitude and the inverse square to within a few parts per thousand. Professor Keith Wanser supervised Josh on this project.

Norman Nitzberg Book Award

Colin Campbell receives this year’s Norman Nitzberg Book Award for his design and machining supervision of a low power, magnetic angle changer (MAC) for steering slow electrons during electron-atom-molecule collisions for use in Professor Morty Khakoo's lab. Colin planned his design with specialized charged-particle optics software developed at Manchester University, designed the machining of the three-element MAC using Solidworks software, and supervised the fabrication of the device.

Norman Nitzberg Prize

Kevin Ralphs receives this year’s Norman Nitzberg Prize in the amount of $200 for his demonstrated excellent understanding of experimental techniques in all his advanced laboratory courses. Kevin quickly recognizes the challenges of the experiment at hand, and devises a plan that efficiently accomplishes the goals of the experiment. Kevin is working in Professor Morty Khakoo's lab on the scattering of low energy electrons from furan molecules, research they are preparing to submit for publication.

Robert Kedzie Awards

Senior Mario Rodriquez and Junior Jacqueline Lee have demonstrated increased focus on their physics courses, and as a result have significantly improved their grades this past year. We recognize them both for their dedication with this year’s Kedzie Award in the amount of $250 each.

Wolfram Award

Kevin Ralphs has demonstrated an exceptional understanding of programming with Mathematica and has gone out of his way to share his expertise with his student colleagues. Kevin is a double major in physics and mathematics. This award is based on nominations and input from faculty across the college and selected by the dean's office and is a lifetime copy of Mathematica from Wolfram Research.


Outstanding Masters Candidate

Tom Kim receives this year’s Outstanding Masters Degree Candidate Award for exceptional performance. Tom joined our masters program after completing his undergraduate physics degree at Cal Poly Pomona. Tom has excelled in all his classes by a wide margin and has been involved in research with Professor Ionel Tifrea on a project to analyze spin diffusion in low dimensional systems. Tom plans to continue next year with Ph.D. studies at UC Riverside or the University of New Mexico.

Outstanding Scholarship

Alian Aquino has excelled academically, currently Cum Laude in Physics, while balancing large course loads, research in electron scattering in Professor Greg Childers laboratory, outside employment, and significant volunteer work. Alian has volunteered at Hoag hospital in Newport Beach, and during the summers he has volunteered at free medical clinics in underserved regions of Honduras. In the fall, Alian will be attending medical school at the University of Colorado–Denver. We are proud to recognize Alian's academic achievements and scholarship with the department's annual Outstanding Scholarship Award.

Outstanding Service

Casey Sanchez and Jacqueline Lee have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the Physics Club through their leadership efforts during a time of uncertainty and have worked to maintain ASI representation of the club. We are proud to recognize their generous hard work and loyalty by recognizing them with the department's annual Outstanding Service Awards.

Faculty Achievement Awards (two awards this year)

Professors Ionel Tifrea and Mike Loverude will each receive $2,000 for this year's Faculty Achievement Awards. Ionel for his publication on noise characteristics of quantum dot systems with masters student Kevin Brown, and Mike for his publication on research and practice in physics teacher preparation in collaboration with Professors Roger Nanes (Physics) and Barbara Gonzalez (Chemistry).

We greatly appreciate the assistance extended by CSUF chemistry Professor Peter de Lijser in selecting this year’s recipients.