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2014 Shandel Travel Award

spring 2014 Graduate Student News

2014 Shandel Travel Award

Michelle Thompson has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Shandel Travel Scholarship. Michelle is a third-year graduate student working with Assistant Professor Tom Zega. She plans to use the funds for summer travel to the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, August 2014. At the M&M Conference, she will present her work as a talk titled, “Electron Energy‐Loss Spectroscopy of Iron Nanoparticles in Lunar Soil using an Aberration-­Corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope.” Michelle was awarded a 2014 M&M Meeting Award for the submitted paper, and was invited to present her research.

We'll report on Michelle's summer travel in the LPL Fall Newsletter!

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.

spring 2014 Graduate Student News

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).

spring 2014 Graduate Student News

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.

spring 2014 Graduate Student News

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. 

spring 2014 Graduate Student News

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.

spring 2014 Graduate Student News

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:

fall 2013 Graduate Student News

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

fall 2013 Graduate Student News

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)

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