SPACS students excel in research, garner awards

In recent days, several SPACS students have exhibited and gained plaudits for their research.

  • Marcus Daum gave an invited talk at the OSCAR celebration of scholarship on May 6th.
  • Paul McNulty won 3rd place at the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium on May 1st.
  • Pragyansmita Nayak won first place among graduate student posters, and a $100 reward, at the May 2nd meeting of the Mid-Atlantic region of the Sigma Xi National Science Honor Society.
  • Ryan Pfeifle won second place and a $500 reward at the Mason Science Slam on May 1st.

Congratulations to these and all of our student researchers, who continue to stand out in their research endeavors.

Grad Students Study Exoplanet Transits

Alex Panka and Prabal Saxena spend their evenings looking skyward and gathering data on exoplanet transits. [Read more]

Professor to study martian atmospheric data

Professor Erdal Yiğit will use data gathered by the MAVEN satellite to analyze the effects of atmospheric waves on Mars’s upper atmosphere. [Read more]

Researchers spot “monster black hole”

Several SPACS researchers have collaborated research that has discovered a black hole hiding in a small galaxy. [Read more]

Mason Team Takes Silver at University Physics Competition

Three SPACS physics students competed in an international physics competition in the fall semester of 2014 where they had just 48 hours to conduct research, complete mathematical calculations, design software, and do anything else they could to answer question.

Professor’s mission to Pluto highlighted

Dr. Mike Summers, co-investigator on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, is less than a year away from getting an up close and personal look at the dwarf planet. Read more.

GMU Observatory featured in video

Professor Harold Geller explains the GMU Observatory‘s current projects, the capabilities of the telescope, and how to obtain valuable data using an urban telescope.

End-of-year award recipients announced

SPACS announced the recipients for their 2014 end-of-year awards, recognizing outstanding students and their accomplishments over the past year.

Rob Cressman wins 2013 College of Science Teaching Award

George Mason University’s College of Science awarded SPACS Rob Cressman a 2013 College of Science Teaching Award at the 2014 COS Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Congratulations to Dr. Cressman on this distinction.

Students excel at COS Undergraduate Research Symposium

Several SPACS presentations received awards and acclamation at this year’s symposium.