Physics Graduate Students Win Duke Fellowships

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Every year the graduate school uses various types of endowments to give out fellowships to outstanding graduate students. These fellowships are both merit and need based. This year four graduate students from the physics department were nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) based on requests from the faculty and students. Three students (Meg Shea, Kyle Kalutkawiecz and Chris Varghese) were nominated for summer fellowships that provides funds to cover tuition and a major part of the stipend during the summer of 2012. Meg will work with Prof. Al Goshaw on puzzles in particle physics related to the LHC, Kyle will work with Prof. Ronen Plesser on aspects of mirror symmetries in string theory, and Chris Varghese will work with Prof. Rick Durrett of the mathematics department on questions related to complex networks. Another fifth year student (Yang Yang) was nominated for the Katherine Goodman Stern fellowship which provides students in their final year of dissertation research an annual stipend, as well as tuition, health, and recreation fees. Yang works with Prof. Henry Everitt (an Adjunct Professor of our department) and Prof. April Brown (Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering) on plasmonic nanoparticles, a very important branch of nanoscience with many applications. The DGS, Prof. Shailesh Chandrasekharan, received information on December 9th, that all four nominations were successful. Congratulations to all the students and their advisors.