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Margaret Landis Receives 2014 NSF GRFP

Congratulations, Margaret Landis! Margaret has been named the recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which comes with three years of funding and tuition support.

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Margaret Landis Receives 2014 NSF GRFP

Congratulations, Margaret Landis! Margaret has been named the recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which comes with three years of funding and tuition support.

Margaret is a first-year student working with Associate Professor Shane Byrne. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Arizona (B.S. in Physics and Astronomy).

LPL is proud to count four other current NSF Graduate Research Fellows among our student ranks: Ali Bramson, Melissa Dykhuis, Davin Flateau, and Ethan Schaefer.

AGU Outstanding Student Presentation: Ali Bramson

Kudos to Ali Bramson, who won an Outstanding Student Paper Award (Planetary Sciences) at the Fall 2013 AGU meeting. Ali's paper was titled, "Thick subsurface water ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars" (Bramson, Byrne, Putzig, Plaut, Mattson, Holt).

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AGU Outstanding Student Presentation: Ali Bramson

Kudos to Ali Bramson, who won an Outstanding Student Paper Award (Planetary Sciences) at the Fall 2013 AGU meeting. Ali's paper was titled, "Thick subsurface water ice in Arcadia Planitia, Mars" (Bramson, Byrne, Putzig, Plaut, Mattson, Holt). According to the AGU web site, "The Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPAs) are awarded to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. It is a great honor for young scientists at the beginning of their careers and the process relies entirely on volunteer judges. Typically the top 3-5% of presenters in each section/focus group are awarded an OSPA and all judged students are provided feedback."

Congratulations, Ali!

2014 LPI Career Development Awards to Patricio Becerra and Michelle Thompson

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.

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2014 LPI Career Development Awards to Patricio Becerra and Michelle Thompson

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.

Patricio's poster abstract was titled, "Martian Polar Stratigraphy from HiRISE Stereo Topography." The title of Michelle's abstract was, "Nanoscale Analysis of Space Weathering Features in Soils from Itokawa."

Melissa Dykhuis Receives AAS Duncombe Prize

Third-year graduate student Melissa Dykhuis is the recipient of a 2014 Ray Duncombe Prize from the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society. The prize provides a travel stipend to the 2014 DDA meeting in Philadelphia and waives meeting registration fees. 

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Melissa Dykhuis Receives AAS Duncombe Prize

Third-year graduate student Melissa Dykhuis is the recipient of a 2014 Ray Duncombe Prize from the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society. The prize provides a travel stipend to the 2014 DDA meeting in Philadelphia and waives meeting registration fees. 

The Duncombe competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an academic program at any college or university and doing research in the area of dynamical astronomy. Such research areas include, but are not limited to: the dynamics of planetary systems (small bodies, planetary rings, natural and artificial satellites, extrasolar planets, etc.), star and planet formation, star cluster dynamics, hydro- and plasma dynamics, galactic and extragalactic dynamics, cosmology, coordinate systems, astrometry

Melissa's advisor is Professor Richard Greenberg. Congratulations, Melissa!

2014 Galileo Circle Scholarships

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.

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2014 Galileo Circle Scholarships

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.

Galileo Circle Scholars receive $1,000 each; these awards are supported through the generous donations of Galileo Circle members. The Galileo Scholars were honored at an early evening reception held on April 17, 2014.

Congratulations to all our 2014 Galileo Scholars!

Patricio Becerra
(Byrne)

Ali Bramson
(Byrne)

Melissa Dykhuis
(Greenberg)
 

 

Tiffany Kataria
(Showman)

 

 

James Keane
(Matsuyama)

Cecilia Leung
(McEwen)

Kelly Miller
(Lauretta)
 

2013 NSF GRPF Award

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:

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2013 NSF GRPF Award

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:

2013 NESSF Awards

Kudos to LPL graduate students with new or continuing NESSF (NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship) Awards:

New for 2013

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2013 NESSF Awards

Kudos to LPL graduate students with new or continuing NESSF (NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship) Awards:

New for 2013

  • Patricio Becerra, "Wavelet Analysis of Martian Polar Stratigraphy from HiRISE Topography" (advisor: Shane Byrne)
  • James Keane, "Stability of Asteroidal Regolith During Planetary Close Approaches" (advisor: Isamu Matsuyama)
  • Sarah Morrison, "Multiple Planet-Debris Disk Interactions: Probing Planetary System Evolution" (advisor: Renu Malhotra)

Renewed for 2013

  • Juan Lora, "Modeling Titan's Atmospheric Dynamics and their Interaction with Methane" (advisor: Joellen Russell)
  • Jamie Molaro, "Thermal Stress Weathering in the Inner Solar System" (advisor: Shane Byrne)
  • Christa Van Laerhoven, "Secular Dynamics of Multi-Planet Systems: Implications for the History, Physical Characteristics, and Habitability of Planets" (advisor: Rick Greenberg)

2013 Shandel Award to Catherine Elder

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.

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2013 Shandel Award to Catherine Elder

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. More about Catherine's dissertation project and work at ETH is available here.

The Shandel Education Plus Fund in Planetary Sciences and LPL was established by a generous donor and friend of LPL for the purpose of supporting travel expenses outside the state of Arizona during summer break. The award is open to students in the Department of Planetary Sciences and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory who propose to fund study, museum visits, special exhibits, seminars, instruction, competitions, research and other endeavors that are beyond those provided by the normal campus environment and are not part of the student’s regular curriculum during the recipient’s school year.

Spring 2013 GTA Award to Tony Nottke

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.

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Spring 2013 GTA Award to Tony Nottke

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. His advisor is Professor Timothy Swindle. Tony previously received the GTA award for his work with Professor Larson's Spring 2005 NATS 101 class.

Tony's work in supporting the grading activities for Professor Larson's mini-projects was noted as especially worthy of recognition.

Recipients of the Outstanding GTA Award receive funds of up to $1,000 to support travel to a professional meeting of their choice.

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