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Yang Huang wins Pake Fellowship

October 2019: Ph.D. Student Yang Huang Wins Research Fellowship

Physics Ph.D. candidate Yang Huang has received the George E. and Marjorie S. Pake Fellowship in Physics to support his research into lithium-sodium and potassium-sodium liquid alloys.

"As an international student, [the fellowship] is invaluable to me, which strengthens the confidence in myself and makes me feel like a part of the community," Huang said.

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Sayan Mandal conducting research in his office

September 2019: Ph.D. Student Sayan Mandal Wins Research Fellowship

Physics Ph.D. candidate Sayan Mandal has received the Bruce McWilliams Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship covers tuition and fees and provides a stipend to a Mellon College of Science graduate student studying in an area where Carnegie Mellon has a comparative advantage and where research is at an emerging or critical stage. Mandal's research investigates the magnetic fields that evolved as the early universe expanded, creating simulations that have to account for the turbulent primordial plasma that existed after the Big Bang.

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Ph.D. student Nianyi Chen

September 2019: Ph.D. Student Nianyi Chen Wins Research Fellowship

Ph.D. Student Nianyi Chen has received the John Peoples, Jr. Research Fellowship in Physics, which provides graduate students in the Department of Physics with a stipend and $1,000 for education-related expenses to allow them to focus on their research.

A member of Associate Professor of Physics Hy Trac’s lab, Chen is working to simulate the Epoch of Reionization—the time in the early life of the universe when the first stars and galaxies formed and started to ionize neutral hydrogen. "Our simulation aims at understanding the history of the early universe when direct observations of this epoch are limited," Chen said.

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Grad student Dacen Waters attends Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

August 2019: Physics Graduate Student Attends Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Physics Ph.D. candidate Dacen Waters attended the 69th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lake Constance, Germany, last month. This year’s gathering brought together 39 Nobel Laureates and 580 scientists from 89 countries for an extensive week of discussions, dialogue and social gatherings. Waters attended a Laureate Lunch with Konstantin Novoselov, who received the Nobel Prize in 2010 for his co-discovery of graphene, and met Duncan Haldane, a prominent condensed matter theorist who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for his work on topological phases of matter.

“Being able to listen to them and talk about what is going on in the field right now and tell them about my own work was an amazing experience,” said Waters.

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Dalal undergraduate summer research on Webb telescope

August 2019: Undergraduate Explores Mysteries of the Universe

Sophomore Nihar Dalal spent his summer modeling the number of galaxies expected to be seen by the yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope under the direction of Associate Professor of Physics Hy TracA double major in mathematics and physics, Dalal took advantage of the research opportunities available to undergraduates at CMU. He applied for and received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) through the Undergraduate Research Office, which provided him $3,500 to pursue the proposed topic of his choice. 

"I've had fantastic professors so far," Dalal said. "The faculty at CMU are so open and committed to their student's successes. The fact that I was able to find research in my freshman year at this level is incredible."

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