Honors and awards

Each year, Physics Illinois recognizes student excellence at a special awards banquet. In 2017, the Thirty-Eighth Physics-on-the-Campus Luncheon was held at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom on Tuesday, April 25. Many of the awards are made possible through the generous support of our alumni.

Pianist Grace Fink, a UIUC School of Music student, performs prior to the awards ceremony.
Pianist Grace Fink, a UIUC School of Music student, performs prior to the awards ceremony.
Rajeshwari Pandharipande visits with Professor James Eckstein, before the ceremony begins. She attends the banquet each year, to present the Vijay R. Pandharipande Prize in Nuclear Physics, endowed in memory of her late husband, a world-renowned nuclear theorist and member of the Physics Illinois faculty for 34 years.
Rajeshwari Pandharipande visits with Professor James Eckstein, before the ceremony begins. She attends the banquet each year, to present the Vijay R. Pandharipande Prize in Nuclear Physics, endowed in memory of her late husband, a world-renowned nuclear theorist and member of the Physics Illinois faculty for 34 years.
Physics Illinois graduate students (L-R) Davneet Kaur, Chi Xue and Xiongjie Yu visit prior to the awards presentations.
Physics Illinois graduate students (L-R) Davneet Kaur, Chi Xue and Xiongjie Yu visit prior to the awards presentations.
Physics Illinois students, faculty, and staff enjoy a gourmet spread at the annual awards banquet.
Physics Illinois students, faculty, and staff enjoy a gourmet spread at the annual awards banquet.
Physics Illinois undergraduate students (seated L-R) Daniel Gardeazabal, Alexander Pandya, Anudeep Mangu, and Albur Hassan, visit with Physics Illinois grad student Robert Heitz (standing).
Physics Illinois undergraduate students (seated L-R) Daniel Gardeazabal, Alexander Pandya, Anudeep Mangu, and Albur Hassan, visit with Physics Illinois grad student Robert Heitz (standing).
Head of Department and Professor Dale Van Harlingen gives the welcoming address, recognizing student teachers ranked excellent and graduating students.
Head of Department and Professor Dale Van Harlingen gives the welcoming address, recognizing student teachers ranked excellent and graduating students.
2015 Award Luncheon
Physics Illinois graduate student Ryan Levy was among the more than 100 physics TAs recognized for having made the campus list of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students.
Physics Illinois grad student Daniel Inafuku and undergrad student Minhui Zhu visit before the awards presentations.
Physics Illinois grad student Daniel Inafuku and undergrad student Minhui Zhu visit before the awards presentations.