11 June 2014

Chambliss Student Poster Awards for AAS 224

Gina Brissenden, American Astronomical Society (AAS)

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"4244","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"266","style":"float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"266"}}]]The latest Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards competition, which occurred last week during the 224th AAS meeting in Boston, MA, was exhilarating. Nearly 70 student poster authors entered the competition, of which about 15% were undergraduates, and there were approximately 100 volunteer judges!

Student posters were evaluated during the morning coffee breaks and afternoon poster sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the meeting. Judges used a new scoring rubric and a new online score-submission process for the first time — both of which worked well.

The many students I spoke with during the meeting expressed excitement about being in the Chambliss competition, and the judges I spoke with were eager to meet our Chambliss students and learn about their work.

Here are the results:

Graduate Student Medal Winners

  • Nicole Arulanantham (Wesleyan University)
  • Samantha Becker (University of Arizona)
  • Jason Curtis (Penn State)
  • Kelly Douglass (Drexel University)
  • Brandon Hensley (Princeton University)

Graduate Student Honorable Mentions

  • Lauren Cashman (Boston University)
  • Paul Dalba (Boston University)
  • Sadia Hoq (Boston University)
  • Ragnhild Lunnan (Harvard University)
  • Andria Schwortz (University of Wyoming)

Undergraduate Medal Winners

  • Sebastian Gomez (University of Texas, El Paso)
  • Kathleen Oram (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)

Undergraduate Honorable Mentions

  • Michael Kosowsky (Brandeis University)
  • Kathryn Weil (Brandeis University)

Congratulations, all! On behalf of our Society and all of the students who entered the AAS 224 Chambliss competition, I would like to thank our volunteer judges, with a special thanks to those who volunteered onsite to replace judges who had last-minute schedule changes. I would also like to thank the AAS Executive Office staff, who help to make this very important competition such a big success.