The Graduate Student Seminars for Spring 2024 will be held in Room 1207 Energy Research Facility at 12:00 p.m.

The winners of the Graduate Student Semminar Best Presentation Award for Fall 2023 were:

First Place - Nischal Tripathi, "Plasma Waveguide Generation through Diffractive Logarithmic Axicon" (Advisor: Prof. Howard Milchberg)

Second Place - Victoria Castagna Ferrari, "Isolating Battery Components to Understand How Processing Affects Interface Formation" (Advisor: Prof. Gary W. Rubloff)

Third Place - Jonathan Thomas Kappel, "The Magnetic Gradient Scale Length Explains Why Certain Plasmas Require Close External Magnetic Coils" (Advisor:  Dr. Matt Landreman)

Past Winners of the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar Best Presentation Award


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.

Please arrive by 11:50 as the talks will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m.   All talks will be informal with an approximate duration of 20 minutes and an additional 10 minutes for questions.  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 speakers at the semester's end will receive a monetary prize for "Best Presentation."  

For additional information regarding the IREAP Graduate Student Seminar series, please contact