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CSU Physics at the 2018 APS March Meeting

Largest gathering of CSU faculty, alumni, and students in the history of an annual American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting took place in Los Angeles. 
A total of 3 talks and 7 posters were presented by CSU delegates, including 3 professors, 4 undergraduates, 2 alumni, and a 2017 REU@CSU: Soft Matter Systems participant. 
Congratulations to Mandel Honors College student Samantha Tietjen who won the Best Poster Award in the undergraduate research session with close to 400 contributions. Her research project, “Synthesis Optimization and Characterization of Polymeric Microgels” was a collaboration with REU @CSU participant Samantha Hudson, supported by a CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award (URSA), and advised by Kiril Streletzky. This is the fourth time CSU has won the award at this meeting bringing together more than ten thousand physicists. 
Physics major Ilona Tsuper was awarded second prize ($300) in the graduate student poster competition. Ilona's research project titled, “Light Scattering Study of the Size and Shape of Mixed Elastin-Like Polypeptide Micelles” was supported by the USRA program, included contributions from REU @CSU participant Biaggio Uricoli, and coadvised by Nolan Holland and Kiril Streletzky.
Caltech Millikan 2018Alumnus Phil Dee, currently a physics PhD candidate at University of Tennessee, delivered an oral presentation and attended every CSU student poster presentation, providing each student with detailed feedback and academic career advice. In addition, Marie Blatnik, CSU alumna and current PhD student at California Institute of Technology, hosted the CSU delegation in Pasadena and led an inspirational tour of the Caltech campus, including a visit to the statue of Robert A. Millikan, Oberlin graduate, 1923 Nobel Laureate in Physics, and first Caltech President (pictured). Many thanks to alumnus Prasenjit Bose for hosting CSU’s first reunion party during the APS March Meeting. Currently a physics PhD candidate at John Hopkins University, Prasenjit will be joining the research staff at INTEL this summer. 
Hopefully, this tradition of physics students, faculty, and alumni getting together at annual APS March Meetings will continue as we build a strong physics program at CSU!