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Stars align for first annual Physics and Astronomy awards reception

Student academic excellence recognized with cash and book prizes
February 10, 2014
Adam Humeniuk receives the inaugural Dr. David John Fry Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy. The award was presented by Rob Thompson, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Adam Humeniuk receives the inaugural Dr. David John Fry Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy. The award was presented by Rob Thompson, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Michael Wieser, associate professor and undergraduate program director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Michael Wieser, associate professor and undergraduate program director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

Students, faculty members and donors gathered on Feb. 6 in MacEwan Hall for the first annual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The awards consisted of scholarships, newly endowed prizes and book rewards, all intended to celebrate the academic successes of current physics and astrophysics students.

“These are exciting times for our department with great successes emerging from a wide range of projects, from international space research missions and all the way to student competition awards,” said Rob Thompson, head of the department. “It’s important to take time to acknowledge and celebrate these achievements with all our stakeholders, including our generous donors.”

The signature awards presented at the ceremony were the George Fritz Award won by Brian Andrade, the Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Scholarship given to Ben Roth and the Undergraduate Physics Research Prize presented to Jeff Maki.

Bipin Chawla received the newly endowed Joy E. Taylor Memorial Scholarship and Adam Humeniuk obtained the inaugural Dr. David John Fry Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy.

The value of these awards ranged from $500 to $2,000.

The department also recognized students with the highest GPA in their year by offering them physics, astronomy and science related book prizes. This year’s book prize winners were Brian Andrade, Dante Bencivenga, Kristine Boone, Adam Humeniuk, Chris Nielsen, Benjamin Roth, Stephen Wein, and Luis Welbanks.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to acknowledge our students in physics and astronomy who have achieved academic success,” said Michael Wieser, associate professor and undergraduate program director for the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “We are also extremely grateful to the donors who have given their time and funds to support our students. Their contributions in the memory of a family member will continue to make an impact on our students and change lives.”

The awards and the ceremony were made possible thanks to the generous contributions of Prem S. Fry, the family of Joy Taylor, the University of Calgary Faculty Association and the friends and colleagues of O. George Fritz, Megan McClure and Graham Smith.

For more information regarding scholarships and awards offered by the department, Click here.