2020 LAS Awards
Outstanding Undergraduate student
This is my second bachelor’s degree. I discovered my love of physics after it was too late to major in it during my first degree at the Air Force Academy, but promised myself I would get this degree eventually. This has been a profoundly transformative experience for me. I was a military officer and civilian counter-intelligence agent and I prided myself on my ability to think, but this course of study has been like a complete re-build and upgrade of my analytical abilities. Physics is beautiful on its own, but it is now also a lens through which I see the world. Thank you to all my instructors and professors for pushing me and helping me fulfill a promise I made to myself almost 20 years ago.
Outstanding Undergraduate student
Physics has interested me ever since I was introduced to it in high school. Now, upon graduating with my undergraduate degree, it’s amazing to think about all the physics classes I’ve been able to take. If I had to choose my three favorite courses, I think Classical Mechanics, Nuclear Science, and Computational Physics would be at the top of the list. I would like to thank all of the incredible physics teachers at UCCS for investing in their students and their dedication to student learning. I would also like to thank the UCCS Physics Department for providing undergraduates with hands-on experience in optics and instrumentation labs; I have found that these opportunities are excellent ways to apply classroom material and gain ‘real-world’ experience. Looking ahead, I am very excited to see how I will be able to use my physics education and academic experiences in the workforce.
Outstanding Undergraduate student (Fall 2019)
Outstanding Graduate Student
Jason Nobles is completing a PhD in Applied Science (Physics) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs focusing on condensed matter physics. Jason has been recognized as the Mountain Lion Research Day Top Scholar at UCCS and received the Harry Lustwig Award for outstanding graduate school research given by the American Physical Society, Four Corners Society. He has published his research in several professional journals including Review of Scientific Instruments and Engineering Research Express. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Applied Science (Physics) from UCCS. Upon completing his PhD, Jason plans work with Symetrix, a Colorado Springs company engaged in advanced research and development for the global semiconductor chip industry.
Outstanding Graduate Student (Fall 2019)
Brianne McGrath is a current PhD student in the Physics program studying magnetic materials. After graduating with two Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Astrophysics from Texas Christian University, she briefly taught Physics at the high school level before the military sent her family to Colorado Springs where she quickly began pursuing her higher education in physics at UCCS. She graduated with her Masters in the Fall of 2019 and is continuing her studies at UCCS in hopes to obtain her PhD. Additionally, Brianne is an instructor and is the most recent winner of the Mountain Lion Grad Slam at UCCS. Brianne is a mother of two young children and a military wife. She hopes to eventually become physics professor once completing her PhD.
James Burkhart Physics Scholarship
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