3rd Annual Grad. Research Day Awardees:Elhamid, Dhindsa, Kottachchi, and Nemala

The Wayne State Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted the Graduate Research Day on Thursday, April 5. Many 

physics graduate students presented a poster (describing their research) to peers and faculty. There were a total of 
five oral presentations given and 18 posters presented.Dr. Sultana Nahar, a prominent researcher at the Ohio State 
University and a former WSU Physics graduate (Ph.D. 1987), was the guest speaker. 
The Best Poster Awards were given to: 
Ehab Abd Elhamid, Kulwinder Dhindsa, Chamath Kottachchi and Humeshkar Nemala. 
Congratulations to all the presenters and winners!
Graduate Research day gives students experience at presenting their research in a conference-like setting and provides students with insight into life in physics beyond graduate school. 
The 2012 event schedule follows:
9:30 - 10:00 am - Refreshments and opening statements
10:00 - 10:45 am - Akila Kumarasiri: “Effect of Transition Metal Doping on Multiferroic ordering in Ni3V2O8”
10:20 - 10:40 am - Peng Zhou: "Analysis of D+ to KKpipi0 in CLEO-c"
10:40 - 11:00 am - Suneetha Devpura: “Investigation of Neuroblastoma and Ganglioneuroma Child Tumors using Raman 
11:00 - 11:20am - Kristopher Healey: “Dark Matter Contributions to Leptonic Decays”
11:20 - 11:40 am - Ming-Wei Lin: “The Electrical Transport Study of Suspended Graphene Nanoribbons”
11:40 am - 3:30 pm: Poster Session
3:30 - 4:30 pm - Guest Speaker: Dr. Sultana N. Nahar, Ohio State University “X-ray Spectroscopy, from Blackholes to 
Cancer Treatment”, 
4:30 - 5:00 pm - Round Table Discussion with Guest Speaker
5:00 – 6:00 pm - Pizza Dinner and Awards Ceremony

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