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Student Awards

The Physics Department at Kent State University recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement in physics by annually offering various awards to undergraduates. (See our photo page recognizing recent award recipients.)

Pearson / Addison-Wesley Award in Physics:

This award is presented to the physics major who, during the year of the award, graduates with the highest scholastic average in physics. The awards consists of a certificate, presented by the Department of Physics at its annual Awards Celebration, and a $250 gift certificate or the definitive and extended edition of the Feynman Lectures on Physics presented by Addison Wesley Longman. This three-volume boxed set, by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman, is valued at approximately $195.

John Wiley Award in Physics:

This award is presented to the student who, during the year of the award, achieves the most outstanding performance in the General University Physics sequence. This award consists of a certificate and approximately $250 worth of books presented by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Year Addison-Wesley Award
John Wiley
2014 Thomas Buida
Elliot Golias
2013 Chris Bohrer
Chad Frutig
Vincent Milluzzi
Thomas Buida
Tessandra Sage
2012 Kevin DiVincenzo
Fred Minkowski
Chad Frutig
2011 Kevin Musick
Chris Bohrer
Jacob Sheahan
2010 Andrew Konya
Maeve Manion-Fischer
Fred Minkowski
Kevin Musick
2009 Danielle LaHurd
Richelle Teeling
Andrew Kubera
2008 Christopher Bruot
Andrew Konya
Danielle LaHurd
Richelle Teeling
2007 Stephen Drew
William Montanaro Jr.
Lewis (Lee) Sharpnack
Christine Martincic
Ryan Weber
Nathaniel Weigel
2006 Elizabeth Cole
Nathan Hudson
Robert Tandy
William Kinas
Scarlet Norberg
2005 Violeta Beleva
Stephen Daigle
Jeremy Nally
Lewis (Lee) Sharpnack
Amanda Yoho

Center for Nuclear Research Award:

This award was created to recognize undergraduate physics majors who achieve outstanding performance in one of the upper-level modern physics courses related to nuclear or particle physics (Intro. Modern Physics, Applications of Modern Physics, Quantum and Atomic Physics, or Intro. Nuclear Physics). Students are eligible to win this award only once. The award consists of recognition and a monetary prize of $250. The following physics majors have been recent recipients of this award:

Year CNR Award
2013
Thomas Buida
Jason Lundquist
2012
Scott Akers
Stuart McKaige
Vincent Milluzzi
2011
Ben Stickel
2010
Kevin DiVincenzo
Fred Minkowski
Kevin Musick
2009
Shannon Stefl
Shawn Witham
2008
Andrew Konya
Andrew Kubera
2007
Brian Dailey
Danielle LaHurd
Richelle Teeling
2006
David Jacobs
Jacob Shreffler
2005
Lewis "Lee" Sharpnack
2004
Nathan Hudson
Robert Tandy

Physics Leadership Award:

This award recognizes outstanding service to the Department of Physics as President of the KSU Chapter of the Society of Physics Students. The award consists of recognition and a monetary prize of $50. The following physics majors have been recent recipients of this award:

Year Leadership Award
2014 Tessandra Sage
2013 Chad Frutig
2012 Ben Stickel
2011 Fred Minkowski
2010 Maeve Manion-Fischer
2009 Ron Dear
2008 Brian Dailey
2007 Ryan Neubig
2006 Nathan Hudson
2005 Jeremy Nally
Kelly Hufford
2004 Katharine Hudson

College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Student Leader Award:

The Physics Department also regularly nominates students for other awards. One such award is the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Student Leader (DSL) Award. This award is sponsored by the Arts and Sciences Alumni Council of the Kent Alumni Association. It is given to graduating seniors who have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have shown outstanding leadership abilities in academic areas, student organizations, special projects, university service, community service, and other leadership areas. The following physics majors have been recent recipients of this award:

Year Arts & Sciences DSL Award
2014 Stuart McKaige
2013 Scott Akers
Chad Frutig
2012 Fred Minkowski
2011 Andrew Kubera
Shannon Stefl
2010 Maeve Manion-Fischer
2009 Brian Dailey
2008 Christopher Bruot
2007 Ryan Neubig
Amanda Yoho
2006 Elizabeth Cole
Nathan Hudson
2005 Violeta Beleva
Stephen Daigle
Jeremy Nally

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges:

"Who's Who'' is a national organization that recognizes students, including graduate students (GS), who have demonstrated competence in co-curricular and community activities while maintaining a strong grade point average. The following physics students have been recent recipients of this award:

Year Who's Who Award
2005-2006 Luke Citro
2003-2004 Violeta Beleva
Stephen Daigle
2001-2002 Jennifer Dawson
2000-2001 Jennifer Dawson
Ben Norman (GS)
1998-1999 Joseph Acar
Sarah Alfano
Julie Schrall

Lillian A. Kroenke Scholarship:

Another award is the Lillian A. Kroenke Scholarship. This $1000 scholarship is named for Lillian Kroenke, a Kent State University alumna. Each department in the College of Arts and Science may nominate one student for the award each year. Four recipients are then selected by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Beginning AY 2006-07, this award was renamed as the College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship. The following physics majors have been recent nominees or awardees:

Year Lillian Kroenke Scholarship Nominee
College of the Arts and Sciences Scholarship Nominee
2006-2007 Lewis (Lee) Sharpnack
2005-2006 Lewis (Lee) Sharpnack
2004-2005 Nathan Hudson
2003-2004 Jeffrey Musa
2002-2003 Violeta Beleva
2001-2002 John T. Morrison
2000-2001 Jennifer Dawson
1999-1998 Sarah Alfano
1998-1999 Joseph Acar

Honors Scholarship in Physics:

Please also visit our web page for the Honors Scholarship in Physics.
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