A.C. Anderson Undergraduate Research Scholar
This award supports summer research projects of outstanding undergraduate physics majors. The award is named for Ansel C. Anderson, an alumnus (PhD, 1961), faculty member (1962-1992), and department head (1986-1992). A condensed matter experimentalist, Professor Anderson made seminal contributions to low-temperature physics, particularly on the thermal properties of metals and glasses.
Commonwealth Edison/Beryl Bristow Endowed Award
This award recognizes outstanding freshman or sophomore women physics majors. It was established by Commonwealth Edison in memory of alumna Beryl Bristow, the first woman to earn a both a bachelor's and master's degree in physics from the University of Illinois.
Ritika Anandwade, 2018 recipient, Commonwealth Edison/Beryl Bristow Endowed Award
Spencer Hulsey, 2018 recipient, Commonwealth Edison/Beryl Bristow Endowed Award
Aike Liu, 2017 recipient, Commonwealth Edison/Beryl Bristow Endowed Award
Hannah Manetsch, 2017 recipient, Commonwealth Edison/Beryl Bristow Endowed Award
Year Winners 2018 Ritika Anandwade, Spencer Hulsey 2017 Aike Liu, Hannah Manetsch 2016 Brittany Daley, Rachel Smith 2015 Yu Wu 2014 Aya Nawano 2013 Anna Miller, Meredith Staub, Xin Liu 2012 Jennifer Dijohn, Mae Hwee Teo, Rebecca Glaudell 2011 Rebecca Glaudell, Shannon Glavin 2010 Nella Granback 2009 Colleen Meagher 2008 Anne M. Glaudell 2007 Yi Sun 2006 Kristen C. Samuels 2005 Kara D. Lamb 2004 Laura G. Book 2003 Rebecca Jo Rosenblatt 2002 Anuradha Madhavan , Soojin Kwon 2001 Emily J. Baldoni 2000 Cynthia H. Chiang 1999 Heather Smith Ernest M. Lyman Prize
This award recognizes the outstanding graduating senior physics major and is named for Professor Ernest M. Lyman, a distinguished researcher and world expert in electron scattering who maintained great interest in undergraduate physics teaching. Professor Lyman was one of the early proponents of computer-assisted physics education.
Rachel Smith, 2018 recipient, Ernest M. Lyman Prize
Cunwei Fan, 2017 recipient, Ernest M. Lyman Prize
Year Winners 2018 Rachel Smith 2017 Cunwei Fan 2016 Erik Kountz, Isaac Carrasquillo 2015 Elaad Applebaum, Samuel Homiller 2014 Timothy Thorp 2013 James Antonaglia, Rebecca Glaudell, Ryan Swindeman 2012 Kiaran Dave, Suerfu 2011 Lulu Li, Maximo Menchaca, Nicholas Langellier 2010 Nathaniel Burdick 2009 Trent Graham, Zhen Wah Tan 2008 Derek W. Vigil 2007 Laura G. Book 2006 Zane Shi 2005 Wing Ho Ko 2004 Jay B. Hooper 2003 Matthew Rakher, Randall L. Cooper 2002 David M. Webber , Hsin Cynthia Chiang 2001 David A. Fike 2000 Kevin Huffenberger 1999 Matthew D. Duez 1998 Alan J. Magerkurth 1997 Jason R. Petta Help support the Ernest M. Lyman Award Fund fund. Jeremiah D. Sullivan Undergraduate Research Scholar
The Jeremiah D. Sullivan Award for Undergraduate Research was established by family, friends, and colleagues of Jeremiah Sullivan, a Professor of Physics (1973-2006) and Department Head (2000-2006) at Illinois. Professor Sullivan's scientific career superbly integrated pioneering research in both theoretical high-energy physics and in arms control and international security.
Laura B. Eisenstein Award
This award recognizes the year's outstanding woman physics student. Established by the Department of Physics in conjunction with the American Physical Society to recognize exceptional women physics students, the award is named for Professor Laura B. Eisenstein, an distinguished biological physicist who made seminal discoveries of the mechanism of light-energy transduction in biological molecules.
Camille Farruggio, 2018 recipient, Laura B. Eisenstein Award
Samantha Lapp, 2018 recipient, Laura B. Eisenstein Award
Rachel Smith, 2017 recipient, Laura B. Eisenstein Award
Minhui Zhu, 2017 recipient, Laura B. Eisenstein Award
Yangyuxin Amy Zou, 2017 recipient, Laura B. Eisenstein Award
Year Winners 2018 Camille Farruggio, Samantha G. Lapp 2017 Minhui Zhu, Rachel Smith, Yangyuxin Amy Zou 2016 Aya Nawano, Claire Baum 2015 Cassandra Victoria Arenz, Katrina Litke, Meredith Staub 2014 Anna Miller, Rebecca Glaudell 2013 Mae Hwee Teo, Michelle Kelley, Shannon Glavin 2012 Colleen Meagher, Nella Granback 2011 Emily Sprague, Nikhita Mansukhani 2010 Joanna Bridge 2009 Anne Glaudell 2008 Sarah E. Messmer 2007 Kara D. Lamb 2006 Lesley Daniels 2005 Laura G. Book 2004 Amy N. Bender , Angela M. Zalucha 2003 Soojin Kwon 2002 Stephanie A. Majewski 2001 Cynthia Chiang 2000 Heather Smith 1999 Catrina D. Benson 1998 Valeria Melechko 1997 Elaine C. Schulte Help support the Laura B. Eisenstein Memorial Fund fund. Lewis C. Hack Scholarship
This award was established by a gift from Lois E. Hack in memory of her husband, Lewis C. Hack. Both the Hacks devoted their lives to teaching math and science in the public schools.
Jake Rangel, 2018 recipient, Lewis C. Hack Scholarship
Keith Berger, 2017 recipient, Lewis C. Hack Scholarship
Year Winners 2018 Jake Rangel 2017 Andrew Beck, Keith Berger 2016 Antonio Dicristofano, Kathryn Woessner, Sean Lang 2015 John A Whitman, Kathryn Thera Woessner, Sebastian I Alvis 2014 Jonathan Sedlacek, Nathan Chisholm 2013 David Schmid, Jeliazko Jeliazkov, Matthew Wraith 2012 Adam Snyder, Kira Bonk 2011 Colleen Meagher, Thomas Hymel 2010 Bryan Musolf 2009 Danielle Campanella, Gregory Frazier Help support the Lewis C. Hack Scholarship Fund fund. Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
This award supports summer research positions for outstanding undergraduate physics students and is named for Professor Lorella M. Jones, a theoretical high energy physicist who was the first woman to achieve tenure in the College of Engineering. In addition to being a superb researcher, Professor Jones was a dedicated and innovative teacher who was particularly interested in the early application of computers to physics education.
Yufeng 'Cathy' Du, 2018 recipient, Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
Sarah Habib, 2018 recipient, Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
Carla Stelsel, 2018 recipient, Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
Thomas Kennedy, 2017 recipient, Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
John Simone, 2017 recipient, Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Award
Year Winners 2018 Carla Nicole Stelsel, Sarah Habib, Yufeng Du 2017 John Simone, Thomas Kennedy 2016 Alexander Pandya, Sheldon Schlie, Thomas Diamantopolous 2015 Garrett Harkness, Joseph Mirabelli, Zhaowei Zhang 2014 Meredith Eleanor Staub, Patrick Barry, Samuel Homiller, Shivesh Pathak 2013 Britton Jeter, Shannon Glavin 2011 Colleen C. Meagher, Jason A. Dove, William M. Parkin 2010 Andrew Ian Chen, Jacob Smith, Nikhita Mansukhani 2009 Brian Enders, Daniel Carson, Gregory Damhorst, Karen Ng 2008 Caitlin Sullivan, Robert Chamberlain, Zhen Wah Tan 2007 Aaron M. Veicht, Brett A. Wolfe, Scott T. Mayle 2006 Benjamin P. Carls, Caitlin Jo Ramsey, Gleb M. Akselrod, Joshua M. Kunkle 2005 Kyle J. Arnold , Rachel Hillmer , Zane Shi 2004 Danielle E. Chandler , Jonathon A. Van Schelt , Wing Ho Ko 2003 Christopher Lesher , Keri Dixon , Shahzeen Attari , Timothy Hartman 2002 Alex Barr , Matt Rakher , Michael Schneider , Ulysses Grundler 2001 Jacob Yocom-Piatt , Jared Mehl 2000 Riva "Ali" Vanderveld 1999 Kevin Huffenberger 1998 Lisa Byrge 1997 Jill Buckley 1996 Gregory Rudnick 1995 Thomas Montroy Help support the Lorella M. Jones Summer Research Fellowship in Physics fund. Mok Wing Ho Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student for superior academic achievement and for demonstrated commitment to the field through participation in physics-related extra-curricular activities.
Ralph O. Simmons Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Established by Ralph O. Simmons, Physics alumnus (Ph.D, 1957) and department head (1970-1986), this scholarship allows talented University of Illinois undergraduate students to undertake hands-on research summer research projects. In addition to his superb administrative and leadership skills, Professor Simmons made seminal contributions to experimental condensed matter physics, including to our understanding of point defects in metals and to definitive measurements of the thermodynamic, defect, and dynamical properties of prototype solids formed from noble and other gases, in particular solid helium.
Richard K. Cook Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate engineering physics student at the end of his or her sophomore year and was established by alumnus Richard Cook (PhD, 1935), a specialist in ultrasonics and acoustics, who spent his entire scientific career at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Science and Technology).
Vasundhra Agarwal, 2018 recipient, Richard K. Cook Scholarship
Gregory Fields, 2017 recipient, Richard K. Cook Scholarship
Year Winners 2018 Vasundhra Agarwal 2017 Gregory Fields 2016 Anudeep Mangu, Joshua Johnson 2015 Arnulf Marley Klaus Taylor 2014 Gino Giannetti 2013 Brian Trundy, Donald Hane, Sean McLaughlin 2012 Ryan Tapping, Shannon Glavin 2011 Stephanie Brandt, Suerfu 2010 Thomas Hymel 2009 Hung Yu Ho 2008 Zhen Wah Tan 2007 Perry A. Chodash 2006 Derek W. Vigil 2005 Aaron M. Veicht 2004 Edward Chih Yuen Kung , Kyle J. Arnold 2003 Jonathon A. Van Schelt 2002 Charles Eric Hansen 2001 Bradley S. Hagan 2000 Wesley Cheong 1999 Jared Mehl 1997 Max L. Schoenberg Help support the Richard K. Cook Physics Scholarship fund. Robert A. Stein Scholarship
This award was established in memory of alumnus Robert A. Stein (BS, 1955). Mr. Stein greatly valued the education in engineering physics he received at the University of Illinois, and his family and friends thought the best way to honor his memory was by providing similar opportunities to other students from the Chicago area.
Sam Qunell, 2018 recipient, Robert A. Stein Award
Andi Mankolli, 2017 recipient, Robert A. Stein Award
Danielle Markovich, 2017 recipient, Robert A. Stein Award
Year Winners 2018 Giovanni Diaz, Sam Qunell 2017 Andi Mankolli, Danielle Markovich 2016 Itamar Allali, Julia Spina 2015 Rachael Amaro, Sidney Marie Lower, Zachary Huemann 2014 Jason Kras 2013 Daniel Kumor, Matthew Coon, Sanjay Narasiwodeyar 2012 Alan Selewa, Conan Huang, Danylo Hirnyj 2011 Akshay Ghalsasi, Mark Meyer, Scott Fong 2010 Christopher Lam, Danylo Hirnyj 2009 David Kolschowsky, Michael Brahm 2007 Hannah E. Mcdowell, Nathan M. Pollard 2006 Victor Cervantes 2005 Leslie Bubel 2004 Viqas A. Shah 2003 Nikolas Allen 2001 Emily E. Wright 2000 Michael C. Mulligan 1999 Matthew Reichel Help support the Robert A. Stein Endowed Fund fund. Robert E. Hetrick Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
The award was established by alumnus W. Dale Compton (Ph.D, 1955) in honor of his first Illinois graduate student, Robert E. Hetrick (BS, 1963; MS, 1964; PhD, 1969). The award recognizes outstanding independent research by a senior undergraduate physics major.
Itamar Allali, 2018 recipient, Robert E. Hetrick Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
Alexander Pandya, 2017 recipient, Robert E. Hetrick Outstanding Senior Thesis Award
Minhui Zhu, 2017 recipient, Robert E. Hetrick Outstanding Senior Thesis Award
Year Winners 2018 Itamar Allali 2017 Alexander Pandya, Minhui Zhu 2016 Harshil Kamdar 2015 Patrick Barry, Samuel D. Homiller 2014 John R. McCann 2013 Cory Michael Alford, Natasha Sachdeva 2012 Jacob Ruf, Matthew Feickert 2011 Andrew Ian Chen, Benjamin Montet 2010 Nathaniel Burdick 2009 Zhen Wah Tan 2008 Jiongyi Tan 2007 Benjamin P. Carls, Gleb M. Akselrod 2006 Kyle J. Arnold, Zane Shi 2005 Wing Ho Ko , Zachary J. Hensel Shell Foundation Undergraduate Research Scholar
To support summer research positions for outstanding undergraduate physics majors, supported by the Shell Foundation.
Year Winners 2016 Cunwei Fan 2015 Austin Graf 2014 Brenton Noesges, Corey Fyock 2013 Alan Selewa, John Weber 2012 Ryan Swindeman 2011 Clayton Carr 2010 Chien-Chang Kyle Chen , Tage Singh 2009 Abdel Adjibade, Alex S. Dyhdalo, Guangyong Koh, Michael Soo, Michael Witek 2008 Benjamin Thoren, Brendan Sullivan, Jonathan Ryer, Nick Hinton, Philip Chang 2007 Brent A. Chatham, David T. Pignotti, Dustin W. Wooten, Hye Ryong Hazel Kim, Julien A. Ansermet Undergraduate Outreach Achievement Award
This award recognizes the contributions of an outstanding undergraduate student for leadership in Physics Van or one of the undergraduate student physics societies.
William Helgren, 2018 recipient, Undergraduate Outreach Achievement Award
Spencer Hulsey, 2018 recipient, Undergraduate Outreach Achievement Award
Anudeep Mangu, 2017 recipient, Undergraduate Outreach Achievement Award
Year Winners 2018 Spencer Hulsey, William Helgren 2017 Anudeep Mangu 2016 Brian Korn 2015 Austin Joseph Graf, Taylor A. Sabatini 2014 Katrina Litke 2013 Scott Luedtke 2012 Stephanie Brandt 2011 Andrew Ian Chen, Maximo Menchaca 2010 Andrew Ian Chen 2009 Scott Bowdich 2008 Andrew J. Christensen 2007 Richard A. Carr, Richard C. Korzekwa 2006 Alexander J. Howe, Zane Shi 2005 Kate Jakubas 2004 Wing Ho Ko 2003 Jonathan D. Wilson, Sara W. Pogatshnik 2002 Ann C. Lehman , Timothy J. McArdle 2001 Daniel M. Kiefer 2000 Daniel Goetz , Tamara Gossman 1998 Gregory J. Bell , Matthew C. Wenger 1997 Curtis Shoaf , Jill Buckley Yee Seung Ng Scholarship
The Yee Seung Ng Scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Yee Seung Ng, BS, 74. This scholarship recognizes an outstanding junior or senior international engineering physics student.
Aike Liu, 2018 recipient, Yee Seung Ng Award
Zhihan Xiong, 2017 recipient, Yee Seung Ng Award
Year Winners 2018 Aike Liu 2017 Zhihan Xiong 2016 Yinchen Xu, Yutao Ma 2015 Cunwei Fan 2014 Tsung-Lin Hsieh 2013 Guannan Liu 2012 Maurice Lee 2011 Anthony Ho