Physics at Virginia

Seventh Annual Sigma Pi Sigma Research Symposium

Tuesday, December 19 2017

The Seventh Annual Sigma Pi Sigma Research Symposium was held on November 3rd, 2017 in the Rotunda's Lower West Oval Room. Professors Craig Group, Marija Vucelja, Shane Davis, and Kent Paschke were invited to judge nine presentations delivered by students in the Physics and Astronomy Departments. Students presented research topics ranging from noise reduction in LIGO's mirrors to simulations of magnetic skyrmions. Cash prizes were awarded to the following presentations:

1st Place: A Comparison of Galaxy Bulge+Disk Decomposition between Pan-STARRS and SDSS by Martine Lokken
2nd Place: Chiral Modes in Bilayer Graphene by Matt Walker and Andrew Jiao
3rd Place: Micromagnetic Simulations of Magnetic Skyrmions by Ben Hillman

1st Place: Studies to Understand and Optimize the Performance of Scintillation Counters for the Mu2e Cosmic Ray Veto System by Peter Farris and Pedrom Zadeh
2nd Place: Black Hole Search at the Large Hadron Collider by Gage DeZoort and Jesse Han
3rd Place: Simulating Particle Collisions at the LHC by Andrew Orvedahl