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PSU physics students garner top prize

April 22, 2013 12:00AM

PSU physics students garner top prize
L-R: Serif Uran, Amie Beggs, Merab Basilaia, Robert Gilmore, Chris Ward

A group of four PSU Physics students won a top prize at a regional conference of the Society of Physics Students. The PSU team was accompanied by adviser Serif Uran for the conference, held on April 6 on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The four PSU students, Amie Beggs, Chris Ward, Robert Gilmore, and Merab Basilaia, presented their work, titled "MBBA and 5CB liquid crystal phase transitions," and were awarded the top prize at the event for their scholarly effort.

"The students have worked very hard for several months to collect the data, stitch together their presentation, and their hard work paid off Saturday," said Uran, who is a professor in the Department of Physics. "They were a credit to the entire PSU physics program."

The Society of Physics Students is a national organization that promotes programs, resources and opportunities that encourage greater participation in the community of physics from members of all groups. The PSU chapter is in zone 12, which includes Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

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