Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

UM Physics grad students bring home awards

Graduate students in The University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy have been busy this month, bringing home awards from conferences across the state.

Seven graduate students presented their research at this year’s annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences in Hattiesburg two weeks ago. Somayeh Taghizadeh’s poster on Development of Brain Tissue Mimicking Phantom (pictured top, left) won the second place award in the competition.

Last week Mohammad “Reza” Afrough presented his work at the 7th Annual Research Symposium organized by the UM Graduate Student Council and won the first place award in the Physical and Life Sciences poster category with Development of a Tilt-free seismometer for Advanced LIGO (pictured bottom, left).

Fifteen graduate students went to Starkville last Saturday for the second annual joint UM-MSU Physics Graduate Student Association Research Symposium. There were two poster awards and both went to UM students, Reza Afrough  and Nilmini Karunarathne. Of the five oral presentation awards, the first and one of the two tied for second place went to UM students, Maryam Landi and Sunethra Dayavansha.