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Dan Black Physics-Business Scholarship

Awards2012_004_1John Kuper is this year's recipient of the Dan Black Physics-Business Scholarships. As an entering freshman John was awarded the Dan Black Physics-Business Scholarship ($2,500 renewable each year for four years). He is now finishing his second year at CSUF. John has performed with distinction in his academic courses and his professors unanimously laud his academic accomplishments so far. This summer he will be doing his second internship for the Dan Black Program and, at the request of his supervi-sor, who wanted him again, he is going back to, where he worked last summer. This is a software intensive work, so John's experience there should help enhance his goal of forming his own software company in the future.

Dan Black Physics Scholarship

Awards2012_009_1The Dan Black Physics Scholarships are presented to a junior and senior physics majors who show promise for a successful physics-related career. This year's recipients are Matt Giesler, Brandon Grisanti, Oskar Negron, Danny Orton and Cinthia Padilla. They will each receive $4,000 over the course of the next academic year.

Matt has previously completed a degree in business at USC and has several years experience as an ac-countant and payroll technician, but ultimately was left unsatisfied with his career. He joined our under-graduate program in 2010 and has excelled, achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. He is an extremely thoughtful student who is rarely content with superficial answers. At CSUF he has volunteered as a tutor for lower-division courses and will be pursuing research opportunities in the coming year. Matt's ultimate educational goal is a Ph.D. in physics.

Awards2012_010_1Brandon joined our undergraduate program in 2010 after his service in the US Coast Guard. Brandon is a capable and diligent young man, who is always looking to expand his horizons in physics. In upper divi-sion electromagnetism class, he volunteered to design a capacitor where glass bottles were used as a die-lectric and helped staff-physicist Shovit Bhari with his ongoing development of the department's physics-demonstration collection. Currently, Brandon is working on an Arduino microchip program to run an LED cube in three dimensions. This summer Brandon will travel to the University Federal de Juiz de Fora in Bra-zil as a part of Morty Khakoo's electron scattering research and will be working in the lab of host Profes-sor Christina Lopes during his stay.

Awards2012_015_1Oskar is a physics and math double major who transferred to CSUF in 2010, who has broad interests in physics and mathematics and aspires to a master's degree in economics as well as a Ph.D. in mathematics. His fall semester may set some kind of record as he completed 31 units by taking full loads at CSUF and Fullerton College as well as a Saturday class at Santa Ana College. Currently, Oskar is engaged in re-search projects with Zair Ibragamov in the math department and with Dana Clehane at Fullerton College.

Awards2012_016_1Danny is a physics and math double major and is active in both departments. He works in Morty Khakoo's electron scattering lab and is an SI leader in the math department, as well as a competitor in the Putnam competiton. Despite his busy schedule and challenging course loads he has earned a near-perfect 3.96 GPA and earned a reputation as an outstanding and insightful student. Danny had the opportunity to travel to Brazil last summer with Dr. Khakoo and designed and built a movable source for the lab. Danny intends to pursue a PhD in physics or math; we are rooting for physics of course!

Awards2012_017Cinthia is a junior physics major who plans to pursue a PhD and a career in physics. She is extremely active as president of our physics club and as an undergraduate researcher in Josh Smith's gravitational-wave group and will be attending her second physics summer NSF internship this coming summer at the renowned research center SRI in Palo Alto. Cinthia is also a member of the prestigious McNair Scholars program.

Titan Shops Textbook Scholarship

Cristian Navarro and Al Tapia are this year's recipients of our Titan Shops Scholarship, established through the generous support of the campus bookstore. Chris and Al will receive $250 each.

Cris entered the department as a physics major after graduating from Saddleback High School in 2009. In his second year he helped staff-physicist Colin Campbell reorganize and catalog the department's exten-sive lecture demonstration collection. For these efforts, Cris was last year's recipient of the Eiker-Adams Award and an Outstanding Service Award. Al transferred into physics from Mechanical Engineering after his first introductory physics course. Al enjoys participating in a variety of department activities organized by the Physics Club and helps with various Physics Club duties. This past spring, Al and Cris have worked together with staff-physicist Shovit Bhari to design and build a pulsed magnetic field demonstration that for example can crush an aluminum can or melt a penny in thin air. Al is looking to enter our masters program in the fall, and Cris will continue working in Morty Khakoo's electron-scattering lab.