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Three GWPAC undergraduate student researchers, Nick Demos and Alyssa Garcia (College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) and Haroon Khan (College of Engineering), all supervised by Professor Geoffrey Lovelace, will receive the California State University Fullerton’s 2017 Outstanding Student Scholarly and Creative Activities Award.

On April 3, 2017, CSU Fullerton’s Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects, Dr. Chris Liu, announced the recipients to the campus community, saying,

“The award recognizes excellence in student participation in research or creative activities, and is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student per college working collaboratively with a faculty member or independently on a research project or creative activity.”

The recipients will be honored at Student Creative Activities and Research Day on Wednesday, April 12th from 1:00-1:30 P.M. in the TSU Pavilion A.

This is the first time that a GWPAC student has won this award, and we are extremely proud that GWPAC student researchers swept the undergraduate awards for both the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Engineering. All three students will graduate in May 2017 and we are excited about what the future holds for them.

nick demos 8ddb5de3655c3f51f6d8ae6351425e3dNick Demos has been admitted to several major Ph.D. physics programs, including at Caltech and MIT, and he is looking forward to pursuing graduate study in physics this fall. Nick’s research focuses on using supercomputers to model gravitational waves from merging black holes and thermal noise in LIGO mirrors. He has presented his work at regional and national meetings, he has helped to create visualizations of merging black holes that have appeared in the national and international media, and he is a co-author on a paper published in Classical and Quantum Gravity, in which he presents some of his results.

alyssa garcia 782612d87a76752cf0d54af65020dbb3Alyssa Garcia has also been admitted to several major physics Ph.D. programs, including Brandeis University, Syracuse University, and Penn State. Alyssa’s research focuses on analyzing and comparing model gravitational waveforms for colliding black holes. She has presented her work at regional, national, and international conferences, and she is a co-author on a paper published in Classical and Quantum Gravity in which she presents her results comparing different computational models of the first gravitational waves that LIGO measured.

haroon dino small cropped a6eebee580ece1696134d84282fe8b36Haroon Khan will graduate in May with a major in electrical engineering and a minor in physics. Haroon transferred to Cal State Fullerton, motivated by his participation in the STEM^2 Summer Research Experience, in 2014. His research continues his STEM^2 work in the department of physics, where has focused on visualizing merging black holes and their spacetime curvature. Haroon has helped to make images and movies of merging black holes that have appeared in the national and international media. Haroon looks forward to a career in engineering, and hopes one day to work as an aerospace engineer at NASA.

Congratulations to all three award winners!