Graduate Student News

2013 Gerard P. Kuiper Award

Congratulations to Fan Guo and Kathryn Volk, each named as a recipient of the 2013 Gerard P. Kuiper Award.

Fan Guo
Fan Guo defended his dissertation titled "Effects of Turbulent Magnetic Fields on the Transport and Acceleration of Energetic Charged Particles: Numerical Simulations with Applications to Heliospheric Physics” on August 22, 2012.Professor Joe Giacalone was Fan's dissertation advisor. Fan currently holds a postdoctoral position with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Kathryn Volk
Kathryn Volk defended her dissertation titled "Dynamical Studies of the Kuiper Belt and the Centaurs" on April 1, 2013. Professor Renu Malhotra was Kat's dissertation advisor. Kat will begin her position as a CITA (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics) postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia Vancouver in the summer of 2013.

Fan and Kat are both excellent representatives of the outstanding research that is recognized by the Kuiper prize. The Kuiper award is presented to students of the planetary sciences who best exemplify, through the high quality of their researches and the excellence of their scholastic achievements, the goals and standards established by Gerard P. Kuiper, founder of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the Department of Planetary Sciences. The Kuiper award has been presented annually since 1985.