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Student Accomplishments

Outstanding Presentation Awarded by The Society of Physics Students


Sarah Choate, a senior physics major, was awarded an Outstanding Presentation Award at the March APS (American Physical Society) Meeting for her poster reporting her data analysis work designed to work on gravitational wave data collected by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory).  Ms. Choate has been working with Dr. Amber Stuver since Spring of 2018 and recently visited the LIGO Observatory in Livingston, Louisiana.


Best Insight Award at the American Statistical Association’s Data Fest Philly


DataFest Philly is a national competition held by the American Statistical Association (ASA) across the country. In the competition, UG students are given 48 hours to analyze a few gigs of data. For the Philadelphia region, there were ~60 competitors from several schools like Bucknell, Franklin & Marshall, Temple, Ursinus, and Villanova, to name a few. Our team of 5 physics majors: Vince Mutolo (Senior), Thomas Longo (Senior), Nick LaManna (Junior), Pablo Aramburu Sanchez (Junior), and Matt Caesar (Junior) competed and took the first place prize of the 14 different teams - Winning the Award for "Best Insight."