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Graduate Student Seminar Schedule - Spring 2018

Lab ImageThe winners of the Best Graduate Student Seminar Speaker for Fall 2017 were Daniel Woodbury for his talk titled "Laser Wakefield Acceleration with Mid IR Laser Pulses" (Advisor: Professor Howard Milchberg) and Elizabeth Paul for her talk titled "Gradient-Based Optimization of the Stellarator Coil-Winding Surface" (Advisor: Prof. William Dorland).  

Seminars for Spring 2018 are scheduled for Fridays at 12:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, 1207 Energy Research Facility. Everyone is welcome. Pizzas with a variety of toppings will be provided free of charge for graduate students; others will have to contribute a small fee of $5.00. Submit your requests for pizza toppings and refreshments to Linus Feder.

The mission of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminars is to give graduate students the opportunity to practice short presentations of their work. This is a stepping stone for preparing them for their thesis defense, Ph.D. proposals, or even conference presentations. It is a valuable skill for all professionals, and students should be eager to present their work.

The talks will be informal with an approximate duration of 30 to 45 minutes allowing questions for about 15 minutes. There shouldn't be any stress since there is no evaluation committee coming up with grilling questions. Everyone is welcome to be in the audience.

After the conclusion of each talk, graduate students in the audience will fairly rate the speaker on a scale of 1-5 for Technical Merit and on a scale of 1-5 for Presentation. The total score will be averaged and the highest scoring speaker at the semester's end will receive a monetary prize for "Best Speaker." In the case of a tie, the winner shall be the speaker with the largest number of audience members providing ratings.

For additional information regarding the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Series, please contact Linus Feder at

  • January 26, 2018
  • February 2, 2018
    "Second Biennial Freja Nordsiek Fire-making Lecture: Colormaps 1" - George Hine
  • February 9, 2018 - Discussion about Job Searches, Etc.
  • February 16, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 2, 2018
    "Integrating Solid State Quantum Emitters with Silicon Photonics" - Shahriar Aghaei
  • March 9, 2018
  • March 16, 2018
    Elizabeth Tennyson
  • March 23, 2018
    Spring Break
  • March 30, 2018
    "Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy and Mode Coupling in Metallic Nanostructures" - Kunyi Zhang
  • April 6, 2018
  • April 13, 2018
    "Increasing Helicity to Achive Dynamo State" - Ruben Rojas
  • April 27, 2018
    "Humidity-induced PL Hysteresis in Cs-containing Perovskites" - John Howard
  • May 4, 2018
  • May 11, 2018
    Joseph Hart

Past Winners of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Best Speaker Award

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