Myron P. Garfunkel Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching
This award is given in recognition of outstanding work in conducting recitation sections in the introductory courses.
|2015||Fernando Salviatto Zago|
|2010||Michael Beran and Jeff Wuenschell|
|2008 & 2007||Brandon Eberly and Michael Opferman|
|2006||Zeynep Isvan and Cameron McBride|
|2005||Stephen Pellathy and Jonathan D. Gaffney|
|2002||William O. Love and Rukmini Kumar|
|2001||Jon (Rob) Cressman and Yohannes Shiferaw|
|2000||Thomas Kling and Peush Upadhya|
|1998||Eric Hildebrand and Anandhan Jayaraman|
Thomas-Lain Fund Essay Contest
This award is issued to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The awardees are chosen by a committe evaluating essays the applicants supply. These essays are written based on a topic chosen for the contest each year.
|2017||"Describe the physics of coalescing black holes as related to the LIGO discovery of gravitational waves."|
|2016||"In their 1935 paper Einstein, Podolski, and Rosen (Phys. Rev. 47, 777 (1935)) argued that quantum mechanics gices an incomplete description of physical reality. Do their arguments still look convincing in view of later theoretical and experimental developments?|
|2015||"Describe the basic physics and applications for highly efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a light source."|
|2014||"How do ultra-precise atomic clocks work and what are their current and future applications?"|
|2013||"Explain the difference between the phase velocity, the group velocity, and the signal velocity of an electromagneic wave."|
|2012||"Summarize the physical processes that are described well by quantum mechanics and discuss the conceptual weaknesses that this theory still has."|
|2011||"What area of science do you plan to explore upon post-graduation, with your degree in Physics and/or Astronomy, and why is it important?"|
|2010||"What area of science do you plan to explore upon post-graduation, with your degree in Physics and/or Astronomy, and why is it important?"|
|2008||"Write a paper on what you consider to be the three or four most important unsolved problems in Physics/Astrophysics and why."|
|2007||"Briefly discuss an area of research actively being pursued by faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh."|
|2017||Amro E.B. AbdelRahim|
|2017||Hector Martinez Rodriguez|
|2013||Wai Kin Lai|
Pittsburgh Quantum Institute (PQI) Award
This award is given in recognition of outstanding poster presentation at PQI Week.
Pittsburgh Quantum Institute (PQI) Graduate Award
This award is given in recognition of outstanding research trajectory in the area of quantum science and engineering.
|2017||Jianan (Arthur) Li|