Physics Graduate Research Day 2013

Dear Fellow Students,

Following the success of last three year’s conferences, the Wayne State Department of Physics and Astronomy will again be hosting the Graduate Research Day on Thursday, April 18th. All research active physics graduate students are invited to present a poster describing their research to peers and faculty.

Event flier here

Besides giving students experience at presenting their research in a conference-like setting, Graduate Research Day provides students with insight into life in physics beyond graduate school.  Dr. Christopher Grabowski, a prominent researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, and a former WSU Physics graduate (Ph.D. 2009), will be the guest speaker. A few current graduate students will also be giving oral presentations on their research activity.

The conference will take place in Room 245, starting at 9:00 am and will have the following schedule:

9:00 - 9:30 am: Refreshments and opening statements
9:30 - 11:20 am - Graduate Student Oral Presentations
9:30 - 9:50 am – Indermeet Kohli, “Diffusion of Nanoparticles in Synthetic and Biopolymer Solutions ”
9:50 - 10:10 am - Chamath LKKD: “Search for Contact Interactions in the Dimuon Final State at CMS”
10:10 - 10:30 am - Girfan S. Shamsutdinov, “ Combinatorial Approach for High-efficiency Magnetization Measurements of Co-Fe-Ni Alloys with a Scanning Hall Probe Microscope”
10:40 - 11:00 am - Jocelyn Mlynarz, “Estimation of the Background Effects in the Chiral Magnetic Effect Measurements using Charge-dependent Correlations Relative to the Fourth Harmonic Event Plane”
11:00 - 11:20 am - Indika L Wanniarachchi, “Low Energy Positron Interactions with Biological Molecules”
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Poster Session
4:00 – 5:00 pm - Guest Speaker:  Dr. Christopher Grabowski, Air Force Research Laboratory
"Dielectric breakdown performance of polymer nanocomposite and block copolymer films"
5:00 - 5:30 pm: Round Table discussion with guest speaker
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Pizza Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Please make sure the title and the abstract of your poster is ready by March 25th, and the poster is ready for printing no later than April 4th.  Please email your poster file (in pdf format) to Alan Sebastian at, and the poster title and abstract to Indika Wanniarachchi at Due to the large number of posters, you must email your file to Alan before the deadline to guarantee your poster will be printed.  Please limit the content to fit on a poster 40"x60" or smaller.

Note: you may present a poster even if your research does not yet have results.  The poster would then be a description of your research objectives and proposed methodology.

During the poster session each student should remain near their poster to answer questions from interested viewers. Two faculty judges and the guest speaker will also be reviewing the posters to determine which student(s) will receive recognition from the Department for best poster presentation. The judges will pre-select the potential best posters and will interview the presenters during the poster session. The judges’ decision will be based on the following. criteria:

1) Poster organization, clarity and readability.
2) Oral explanation - it is crucial that students understand their own work.
3) Impact of this work on the field.

Above all, Graduate Research Day provides an informal atmosphere for students to learn about research in the department that is outside of their specialization. But in order to make this conference a success, we need the participation of all research active graduate students, so please respond with your title and abstract no later than the March 25th deadline, and make sure the poster is ready to print by the April 4th deadline.

And don’t forget the free pizza!

We hope to see you all there.

The Organizing Committee:

GRD Student Committee (Vera Loggins, Indermeet Kohli, Indika Wanniarachchi, Jocelyn Mlynarz, Sharmine Alam and Sudeshna Ganguly),

GRD Faculty Committee (Ashis Mukhopadhyay, Sergei Voloshin)