Graduate Student Seminars for Fall 2022 will be held in Room 1207 Energy Research Facility at 12:00 PM

The winner of the Best Graduate Student Seminar Speaker Award for Spring 2022 was Kyle Kuhn for his talk titled "Characterization of Reflected RF Power in a Misaligned Ka-Band Serpentine Waveguide TWT," (Advisors: Professors Thomas Antonsen and Brian Beaudoin).

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 Ph.D. proposals, their thesis defense, 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 should not 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.

  • September 23, 2022 - Yanne Chembo, IREAP Director - Welcome Address and "The Art of Oral Presentations"
  • September 30, 2022 - Meenwook Ha, "Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Based Optoelectronic Oscillator for Ultrapure Microwave Generation"
  • October 14, 2022 - Ela Rockafellow, "Intense Broadband Terahertz Pulses Produced in Relativistic Laser-Plasma Interaction in the Mid-IR"
  • October 21, 2022 - Nicole Menkart, TBD
  • October 28, 2022 - Hanqing Ma, "Particle-in-cell Simulations of the Scattering of Energetic Electrons by Whistler Waves in Corona"
  • November 4, 2022 - Andrew Goffin, "The Effect of Pulse Duration on the Longitudinal Structure of  Femtosecond Filaments" 
  • November 11, 2022
  • November 18, 2022 - Zhiyu Yin, "A New Method for the Simulation of Electron and Ion Acceleration during Magnetic Reconnection in Macroscale Systems"
  • December 2, 2022 - Evan Dowling, TBD
  • December 9, 2022 - Rahul Gaur, "Forecasting 2D Plasma Turbulence Using a Deep Learning Model"

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Past Winners of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Best Speaker Award