Departmental Graduate Awards

Beginning in 2017, the Physics Department offers two awards to graduate students. The Outstanding Teaching Award is awarded annually to graduate student teaching assistants who excell in teaching undergraduate students. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes when a graduate student has had a notable positive impact on the departmental, university, or research community.  Awardees are selected from faculty nominations and receive a certificate and check in recognition. 

Outstanding Teaching Awards

2020 Eddie Duckworth. Intermediate and Advanced Lab

2019 Rony Saha. College Physics II

2019 Olena Iadlovska. University Physics I

2018 Adane Gebretsadik. Intermediate and Advanced Lab

2018 Talant Ruzmetov. University Physics II

2017 Daniel Gavazzi. Physics of Entertainment and the Arts


Outstanding Service Award

2020 Hemantha Rajapaksha
For local leadership in scientific societies, student associations, and outreach including the KSU chapter of Optical Society of America, KSU Sri Lankan Student Association, and organization of professional student seminar series.

2020 Golam Mustafa
For establishing Biophysical Society Chapter at KSU providing a platform for external speakers and local research talk and journal clubs in biophysics. 

2019 Mojtaba Rajabi, Hemantha Rajapaksha, Hend Baza, and Rony Saha
For promoting graduate student research. These Officers in the Physics Graduate Student Association did an outstanding job organizing a lunchtime seminar series for graduate student research. They also organized the first annual Research Symposium at KSU including judging for a poster session and presentations of graduate students research across departments at KSU and local universities.