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2019 Educator of the Year Awards and Outstanding Educator Designations

Physics professors Dr. Kevin Haglin and Dr. John Sinko were recognized as SCSU Outstanding Educators and subsequently selected as Minnesota State BOT Educators of the Year.  The Outstanding Educator designation is a university-level award. Applicants must first be nominated by a colleague, then complete a lengthy portfolio to provide a holistic presentation of their teaching. These portfolios are reviewed by a university-wide panel organized by the SCSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which recommends candidates to the SCSU University President.  SCSU President Robbyn Wacker designated a total of four Outstanding Educators for the 2018-2019 period, also including Prof. Nancy Sundheim from the Department of Environmental & Technological Sciences, and Prof. Matthew Julius from the Department of Biological Sciences.  The Outstanding Educator portfolios are subsequently considered by a Minnesota State systemwide panel and only six of these submissions from across the entire state were selected as Board of Trustees Educators of the Year.  More information can be found at this website: Board of Trustees Excellence Awards.

2017 Student Research Colloquium Commendations

Our physics majors were well-represented at St. Cloud State's 2017 Student Research Colloquium in April.

Graduate student Anthony Kunkel took home the 1st place trophy in the graduate poster competition for his work on a theoretical particle physics problem with advisor Professor Kevin Haglin.

Russ Lidberg's research student Michael Rogers was a runner-up for the undergraduate student poster awards.

2016 Student Research Colloquium Commendations

Many of our physics majors participated in St. Cloud State's Student Research Colloquium on April 19, 2016, including about 10 posters and one oral presentation.

Physics major Tyler Baxter took home the 1st place trophy in the poster competition for his work with Professor John Sinko on propellant development for a laser propulsion system to rescue astronauts.

Physics major Sutapa Biswas was a finalist in the poster competition for her work with Professor Gary Bohannan on nonlinear and fractal electronics.

2015: Exoplanet Dagon!

Our Planetarium's proposal to the International Astronomical Union for an exoplanet name ("Dagon") was selected! St. Cloud State Astronomy named a planet!

2015: Alumni News

Alum Dan Hooper '99 was a featured guests March 27, 2015, on National Public Radio's Science Friday with Ira Flatow. Hooper, a dark matter expert and associate scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago, was one of three experts in a program titled "Understanding the Dark Side of Physics."

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