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Graduate Student Awards and Honors

The Robert T. Lagemann Award

The award has been established in 1988 in honor of Robert T. Lagemann, Landon C. Garland Professor of Physics, Emeritus, who taught at Vanderbilt from 1951 to 1977. The Lagemann award is given annually to an “entering or first-year graduate student for exceptional promise in physics”.

2016 Kyle Godbey
2015 Austin Howes
2014 Andrey Baydin
2013 Hong Ni, Rui Wang, and Qiao Xu
2012 John Spear and Enhong Wang
2011 Peter Denton and Junhao Lin
2010 Shengquan Tuo and Alex Krejci
2009 Eric Appelt and Susan Kost
2008 Michael Andrew Clemens
2007 Holley Ellen Lynch
2006 Suseela Somarajan
2005 Christopher Tyler Goodin and Stephen Lee Johnson Jr.
2004 Rupam Das
2003 Eric Bishop Chancellor and Ke Li
2002 Dennis Fong and Junkai Xu
2001 Lin Tang
2000 Tamas Bakos
1999 Li Zhang
1998 Liguo Song and Xuequian Zhang
1997 Hui Chen, Hui Fan, Tian Ling
1996 Denis Malov
1995 Robert Cutler
1994 Tong Li and Biao Ye
1992 Stanley W. Brown and Robert B. Atchison

Most Outstanding Student Publication

The award was established in 2011 by the Graduate Program Committee and will be given anually to recognize the most outstanding student publication for a paper published during the previous calendar year.

2016 Ryan Nicholl, Michael Lund The effect of intrinsic crumpling on the mechanics of free-standing graphene,Nature Communications, 6:8789 (2015) Transiting planets with LSST. I. Potential for LSST exoplanet detection, The Astronomical Journal,149,(2015)
2015 Junhao Lin Flexible metallic nanowires with self-adaptive contacts to semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide monolayers, Nature Nanotechnology 9, 436–442 (2014)
2014 Fabienne Bastien,  Shengquan Tuo An observational correlation between stellar brightness variations and surface gravity, Nature,500 ,427–430 (2013)
2013 Eric Appelt and Shengquan Tuo Measurement of the elliptic anisotropy of charged particles produced in PbPb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV, Physical Review C87, 014902 (2013)
2012 Hiram Conley Graphene Bimetallic-like Cantilevers: Probing Graphene/Substrate Interactions, Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 4748–4752
2011 Jed Ziegler Plasmonic Response of Nanoscale Spirals,Nano Letters,10,3013-3018(2010)

The Akunuri V. Ramayya Award

Established in 2007 by Akunuri V. Ramayya, Professor of Physics, this award is given to the most outstanding physics or astronomy graduate student Teaching Assistant.

2016 Zina Jarrahi
2015 Daniel Kidd and Christopher Massaro
2014 Sara Case, Steve Herchko, Ryan Nicholl
2013 Drew Dellamonica
2012 Chong Cai
2011 Keith Warnick and Michael Carlson
2010 Joyeeta Nag and Heungman Park
2009 Jeffrey Clay Hammonds
2008 William Teets
2007 Marcin Michal Jankiewicz

The Royal Albridge Award

Established in 2007 in honor of Royal Albridge, Professor of Physics, who taught at Vanderbilt from 1961 to 2007. Presented annually to the most outstanding first time physics or astronomy graduate student Teaching Assistant.

2011 Andy Muhich and Lisa Genovese
2010 Andres Delannoy and Alex Krejci
2009 Jason Pawlowski and Caroline Yount
2007 Holley Ellen Lynch