Eighth annual physics Graduate Research Day

The 8th Annual Department of Physics & Astronomy Graduate Research Day was held on April 20, 2017.

There was another great program this year that included seven research presentations, a guest lecture, a poster session and a pizza dinner. The guest speaker, Dr. Suneetha Devpura (a former WSU Physics graduate student and now a senior associate physicist at Henry Ford Health System), presented a very interesting talk on Raman spectroscopy for early-stage diagnosis of cancer and assessment of radiation therapy response.

Excellent presentations were made by the following graduate students:

  • Amit Kumar, Resolution of the jet quenching parameter q̂ puzzle
  • Rachael Merritt, The thermal state of KS 1731−260 after 14.5 years in quiescence
  • Derek E. Hazard, Lepton flavor violating quarkonium decays
  • Kraig Andrews, High-performance 2D transistors enabled by a novel contact strategy
  • Mohammad Saleh, ALICE measures the shape of the QGP fireball at freeze-out
  • Jon Troyer, Spectral-timing analysis of neutron star low-mass X-ray binary systems
  • Joydeep Roy, Imposing LHC constraints on the combined anomaly and Z'-mediation mechanism of supersymmetry breaking

And congratulations to the poster award winners:

  • 1st place - Ayesh Gunawardana
  • 2nd place - Justin Raupp
  • 3rd place - Nick Elsey

Many thanks to the organizers: Parisa Bashiri, Steven Dye, Nicholas Elsey, Derek Hazard, Edward Kramkowski, Namita Shokeen, Jon Troyer, Xinxin Woodward, Gil Paz and Joern Putschke.

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