The winners of the Best Graduate Student Seminar Speaker for Spring 2020 were Scott Hancock for his talk titled "Free-space Propagation of Spatiotemporal Optical Vortices" (Advisor: Professor Howard Milchberg) and Ruben Rojas for his talk titled "Can We Achieve an Earth-like Dynamo in the Lab?" (Advisor:  Professor Daniel Lathrop).  

Seminars for Fall 2020 are scheduled for Fridays at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. 

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 Artur Perevalov at

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