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Graduate Student Seminars - Fall 2013

Lab Image Two prizes were awarded for the Best Student Presentation for the IREAP Graduate Student Seminars for Fall 2013: Nihal Jhajj for his presentation titled "The Effect of Gas Dynamics on Femtosecond Filamentation" (Advisor: Professor Howard Milchberg) and Kiersten Ruisard for her presentation "Nonlinear Optics at the University of Maryland Electron Ring" (Advisor: Research Assistant Professor Timothy Koeth).

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 are 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 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 is averaged and the highest scoring speaker at the semester's end receives a monetary prize for "Best Speaker."

For additional information regarding the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Series, please contact David Meichle at

Past Winners of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Best Speaker Award
Archive of Past Graduate Student Seminars


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