Graduate Student News
PTYS graduate students Patricio Becerra and Michelle Thompson were each awarded a Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Career Development Award in February 2014.
The award is given to graduate students who submitted a first-author abstract to the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). The awards are based on a review of the application materials by a panel of planetary scientists, and recipients received a $1000 travel stipend to help cover LPSC conference expenses.
Congratulations to LPL's 2014 Galileo Circle Scholarship recipients: Patricio Becerra, Ali Bramson, Melissa Dykhuis, Tiffany Kataria, James Keane, Cecilia Leung, and Kelly Miller. Galileo Circle Scholarships are awarded to the University of Arizona's finest science students and represent the tremendous breadth of research interests in the College of Science.
Congratulations to second-year LPL graduate student Ali Bramson, recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship (GRPF). This prestigious fellowship provides funding and tuition deferment for 3 years. Ali's academic advisor is Professor Shane Byrne. Three other LPL students have continued GRPF funding:
Kudos to LPL graduate students with new or continuing NESSF (NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship) Awards:
New for 2013
First-year graduate student Tad Komacek was named the recipient of the 2013 Carson Fellowship Award, which provides one academic year of support, including salary, tuition, and a small supply/travel stipend. Tad is currently working on modeling the effects of ohmic dissipation in hot Jupiter atmospheres, being advised by Dr.
LPL graduate student Catherine Elder received the 2013 Shandel summer travel award. The Shandel award funding helped support Catherine's travel to ETH Zurich, where she spent two weeks working with Professor Paul Tackley to model mantle convection in Io’s mantle. Professor Adam Showman is Catherine's advisor.
Tony Nottke is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Spring 2013. Tony earned the award for his work as a GTA for Professor Hal Larson's PTYS 170A1 course. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry, with a minor in Planetary Sciences.