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Three Graduate Students Recognized by the Graduate School as Outstanding Graduate Assistants

Please join us in congratulating Gina Quan, Joshua Wood, and Zachary Eldredge, who were awarded the Graduate School's 2016 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. The Graduate School established this new award to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions that Graduate Assistants provide to students, faculty, departments, administrative units, and the University as a whole. The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year.

Research Fair

2016 UMD Physics Undergradute Research Fair
Thursday, February 4th
4:00pm-6:00pm, PSC Lobby
Undergraduate Research Fair

Meet Junellie Gonzalez Quiles

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How far would you go to pursue your dream? Junellie Gonzalez Quiles, a sophomore astronomy and physics double major at the University of Maryland, left her home in Puerto Rico at age 17 to travel over 1,500 miles across an ocean and halfway up the East Coast to pursue her dream of becoming an astrophysicist.

Her dream started at a young age. “I was always interested in science since I was very little,” said Gonzalez. “I was always asking questions, especially ‘Why?’. I didn’t want to just accept things as they were.”

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2015 Sigma Pi Sigma Inductees

The Department of Physics honored 10 outstanding physics students by inducting them into the physics honors society Sigma Pi Sigma.


2015 inductees are:
  • Ben Cannon
  • Kevin Cheriyan
  • Kate Collins
  • Delilah Gates
  • Nicole Greene
  • Tyler Grover
  • Paul King
  • Lisa Maszkiewicz
  • Shawn Rosofsky
  • David Wannlund

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Meet Kanwal Singh (B.S. '86, Physics)

kanwal singhKanwal Singh holds a bachelor of science degree in physics, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland. Her favorite memories of her time here are about the people she met.

"Particularly in Physics," said Singh. "My closest friends–both undergrads and a couple grad students–came from that community."

Singh went on to obtain her master's and doctoral degrees in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently Professor and Associate Dean at Sarah Lawrence College (SLC), where her research interests are in low-temperature physics,
science education and education policy, and scientific and quantitative literacy. She has held fellowships from the Department of Defense, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

As a respected scholar, teacher and accomplished administrator, her advice to students is simple: do it if you love it!

"When I became a physics major, and then decided to go on to graduate school, I did it because physics and the associated mathematics were just beautiful to me," she says. "The symmetry and logic were so appealing that it didn’t seem like work; it was just fun."

Earlier this year, SLC announced that Singh will take over as Dean on August 1. Read the official SLC announcement at: