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Rhodes Represented at Physics Congress and Morgan Smathers Wins Best Presentation Prize

Publication Date: 11/29/2012

Junior physics major Morgan Smathers won a best presentation prize for her research with Professor Brent Hoffmeister at the 2012 Sigma Pi Sigma Congress attended by more than 800 participants recently in Orlando, Fla. The theme was “Connecting Worlds Through Service and Science.” Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society.

Four other students—Yutong Duan, Stefan McCarty, Joey McPherson, and Mark Sellers—presented research in poster sessions out of the 13 students (pictured below) who represented Rhodes at the congress. Professors Ann Viano and Brent Hoffmeister also attended.

In addition to participating in workshop and research presentations, attendees toured NASA′s Kennedy Space Center and listened to plenary lectures by such noted scientists as Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather, Astronaut Dr. John Grunsfeld, and Royal Astronomical Society Fellow Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

(l-r, front row: Pierce Wisdom, Zain Kinnare, Emily Cowie, Rigelle Tran, Morgan Smathers; l-r, back row: Tyler Andrews, Stefan McCarty, Jake Magness, Kurt Hebert, Joey McPherson, Mark Sellers, Yutong Duan; not pictured, Alec Lindman)

Tags: Faculty, Honors, Research, Science, Students

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