Student Accomplishments

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Maura Kirk '09

Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Pi Sigma (The National Physics Honor Society)

My name is Maura Kirk and I graduated with my BS in Physics in 2009. During my time at Villanova, I had the opportunity to TA labs and tutor students in physics. In the summers I was able to obtain a variety of positions that were all wonderful experiences. I spent a summer working for John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth teaching Algebra to gifted students. I had a summer fellowship with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine for which I worked with medical physicists in Kansas City, Mo and learned about the field that I now plan to make my career. I also did Biophysics research at Lehigh University as part of an REU program. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania working on my Masters in Medical Physics. I do research involving monte carlo simulations in proton radiotherapy at the Robertson Proton Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jessica Shaw '10

Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Pi Sigma (The National Physics Honor Society)
B.A. Physics and B.S. Chemical Engineering

Jessica plans to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles with Professor Chan Joshi in the Center for High Frequency Electronics, focusing her research in laser-plasma interactions. Jessica, a Villanova University Presidential Scholar, a 2009 Honorable Mention in the Udall Scholarship competition and a 2010 finalist for the Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship, was an intern last summer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab working at the National Ignition Facility. In addition to the NSF Fellowship, Jessica was also awarded the National Defense Science Engineering Graduate Fellowship and Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship to support her post-graduate studies.