Student Research Symposium
Illinois Section
of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Recent Award Recipients
Assessment Form

The Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers is pleased to announce an awards program as part of a Student Research Symposium for high school and undergraduate attendees of Illinois Section AAPT spring meetings. This program will serve to recognize and promote both high school and undergraduate student research in physics and physics teaching.

High school and undergraduate students who are: 1) currently engaged in physics research as defined below, 2) working under the direction of a faculty advisor, 3) officially registered for the ISAAPT meeting which they are attending, and 4) registered competitors in the research symposium are eligible for participation in the awards program. The student(s) should have a substantive understanding of and/or involvement in the conception, methodology, and analysis components of the research. The research project does not have to be complete at the time of presentation. Registration for the competition will be indicated by checking the appropriate box on the paper submission form.

For the purpose of this awards program, research will defined as "a formal procedure which contributes to the expansion of basic knowledge, or applies such knowledge to the solutions of problems in society, or exemplifies creative expression in a specific field of study." Examples of such research would be: research projects for independent study, research projects done on a group basis, or research projects done to fulfill requirements of an honors or mentorship program. Topics may be theoretical, experimental, or educational in nature.

There will be only one presentation category. Scientific and education presentations, be they individual or group, will be treated on an equal basis. Mentors may not participate in registered presentations.

All presentations should include the following essential elements:
a) Introduction
b) Objectives
c) Procedures
d) Analysis of data
e) Results
f) Conclusion

Judging will be based on scholarship, methodology, oral presentation, visual presentation, and creativity and originality. A representative panel of judges will be selected by the conference host from among registered conference attendees. Judges from institutions with students presenting in the symposium will be barred from judging in order to avoid conflicts of interest.  The judges will designate a chairperson who will be responsible for gathering assessment forms, determining the winner by the highest average score, and presenting that information at a plenary session of the membership before the conclusion of the meeting. The chairperson of the judging panel will present the awards to the symposium winners.

Here, as a PDF file, is a copy of the assessment form that is used by the judges.

Suitable awards consisting of plaques, trophies, and/or certificates will be issued to winners of the student research symposium. Monetary awards will be given for the top three papers in the amounts of $100, $75, and $50. Monetary awards will be shared equally by all registered competitors within groups.

Award Recipients

October 25-26, 1996

1.   Jonathan Foster, Bradley University, Apparatus Development for Raman Spectroscopy
2.   Bridget Ford, Bradley University, The Miniaturization of a Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometer for Infield Applications
3.   Chris Pelto, Illinois Wesleyan University, Harmonic Osc. in the Presence of Multiple Damping Forces

April 11-12, 1997

1.   Jason Griesbach, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, High Speed Strobe Photography Techniques
2.   Jennifer Csesznegi, Illinois State University, Optical Properties of Coherently Excited Three Level Media
3.   Mark Welter, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Radical Density Measurements in a Diamond Growth Flame

April 24-25, 1998

1.   Amul Tevar, Western Illinois University, Investigation of the Effects of Cobalt Doping on Copper Oxide Superconductors
2.   Nick Stojanovich, Knox College, An NMR Investigation of Hydrogen Motion in Quasicrystalline TiZrNi
3.   Clay D. Nall, Western Illinois University, Enhancements in High Temperature Superconductivity Data Acquisition Techniques

April 16-17, 1999

1.   Amul Tevar, Western Illinois University, Investigation of Gravitational Shielding by Rotating Superconductors

April 14-15, 2000

1.   Robert E. Wagner, Illinois State University, What are Cycloatoms?
2.   Shannon M. Mandel, Illinois State University, Numerical Simulations of Laser-Tissue Interactions
3.   Michael  C. Baxa, Western Illinois University, The Critical State Effects of Nickel Doping in a YBCO(123) Superconductor

April 20-21, 2001

1.   Jeffrey Smith, Knox College, Design and Construction of a 1.5 Mev Cyclotron
2.   Anne Wake, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, The Patience of Building a Classical Cassegrain
3.   Michael Baxa, Western Illinois University, Raman and EXAFS Studies of Low-Ni-Doped YBCO Superconductors

April 5-6, 2002

1.   Anne Wake, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, The Patience of Building a Classical Cassegrain, Part II
2.   James Gumbart, Western Illinois University, Using the Adjoint Operator to Solve Fluid-Flow Stability Problems
3.   Andrew James, Eastern Illinois University, The Restricted Three Body Effective Potential

April 11-12, 2003

1.   John Henderson, Illinois State University, Fractional Cycloatom States
2.   Allen Lewis, Illinois State University, Evidence of Dark Cone in Backscattered Light off Turbid Media
3.   James Gumbart, Western Illinois University, Modeling Electromagnetic Problems Using Finite Element Analysis

 April 23-24, 2004

1.   Jacob Hutchcraft, Illinois State University, Adaptive Delayed Feedback Control of a Chaotic Impact Oscillator
2.   Rebecca Wenning, Illinois State University, Coherence and De-coherence in a Light-Mirror System
3.   Matthew Narter, Illinois State University, Computer Modeling of Light Scattering in Random Media

 April 8-9, 2005

1.   Matthew Narter, Illinois State University, Ensemble vs. Frequency Averages for a Random Scattering Medium
2.   Amy Winkler, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Europium Doped Silicate Glass Laser
3.   Cary Pint, University of Northern Iowa, The Formation of Domain Walls with Striped Symmetry in Submonolayer Pentane and Hexane on Graphite

 April 7-8, 2006

1.   Nicholas Jurasek, Illinois State University, Automated Calculation of Fractal Dimension of Congressional Districts
2.   Matthew Narter, Illinois State University, Ensemble vs. Frequency Averages for a Random Scattering Medium
3.   Alison O'Connell, Illinois State University, Monte-Carlo Simulations for Light Scattering in Milk

March 30-31, 2007

1.   Thomas Traynor, Illinois Wesleyan University, Construction of an Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometer
2.   Alison O'Connell, Illinois State University, Monte-Carlo Simulation of Non-diffusive Behavior of Light Scattering
3.   Sawyer Campbell, Illinois State University, MLight Distribution Along the Optical Axis in Milk Water Mixtures

April 4-5, 2008

1.   Gabriel Caceres, Augustana College, CDMS Veto Stability Study and Calibration
2.   Tim Garvin, Illinois State University, Laser Beam Widening Mechanisms in Turbid Media
3.   Kara Lovelace and Michael Stachyra, Eastern Illinois University, Angular Dependence of the Efficiency of Polarizers

April 3-4, 2009

1.   Alison Smith, Illinois Wesleyan University, Observation of a Resonance State in 25F
2.   Michael Chastain, Eastern Illinois University, A Detailed Study of the Kinetic Theory of Real Gases by Computer Simulations
3.   David Wischhusen, Illinois State University, Computer Simulations of Light Scattering and Absorption in Random Media

March 26-27, 2010

1.   Benjamin Shields, Illinois State University, Non-causality in Quantum Mechanics
2.   Alicia Vonlanken, Eastern Illinois University, Study of the Lattice Vibration and Vibration Spectrum by Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Fourier Analysis
3.   Michael Chastain, Eastern Illinois University, Investigation of the Equation of State of Real Gases by Molecular Dynamics Simulation

April 1-2, 2011

1.   Alexander Meadows, Eastern Illinois University, Computer Simulations of the Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids
2.   Benjamin Shields, Illinois State University, Causality and Relativistic Localization in 1-D Hamiltonians
3.   Allysa Miller, Eastern Illinois University, Blood Substitutes and Optical Tweezers

March 30-31, 2012

 1.   Tyler Linder, Eastern Illinois University, Computational Near Earth Asteroid Search
 2.   Andrew Vikartofsky, Illinois State University, Space and Time Correlation Functions for Dressed Bosonic Vacuum States
 3.   Trevor Smith, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Concentration-dependent Nonlinear Optical Response of Silver Nanoparticles in Castor Oil

March 1-2, 2013

 1.   Andrew Vikartofsky, Illinois State University, Virtual Particles and the Physical Vacuum
 2.   Kasandara Sullivan, Knox College, Pretransitional Optical Rotation in Liquid Crystals
 3.   Timothy Woodworth, Western Illinois University, Error-Correcting Codes: Classical to Quantum

March 28-29, 2014

1.   Andrew Vikartofsky, Illinois State University, The Physical Vacuum and the Approximation of Photons by Maxwell Fields
2.   Alexander Su, Illinois State University, Enhancement of Boson Pairs Created by Electromagnetic Fields
3.   Jarrett Betke, Illinois State University, Space-time Dynamics of the Vacuum's Polarization Charge Density

April 10-11, 2015

1.   Shea Cheatham, Principia College, Computational Modeling of Polygonal Vortices in Differentially Rotating Fluids
2.   Rumeng Zhang, Illinois Wesleyan University, Diffusion Coupled Chemical Oscillators
3.   Joseph Smith, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Study of Absorption and Fluorescence of Europium doped Phosphate Glass at Various Temperatures and Excitation Wavelengths

 April 22-23, 2016

   Samatha Norris, Illinois State University, Using a Split-shift Potential to Compute the Spectrum of a Radially-symmetric Hamiltonian
   Annabelle Shaffer, Illinois State University, Electrical Coupling and Neuron Synchronization
   Kyle Robinson, Eastern Illinois University, Study of Multiple-Slit Fraunhofer Diffraction by Computer Simulations