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Oct. 3, 2011

Birmingham-Southern student wins award to attend national physics conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern senior Steven Carter won a competitive Conference Experience for Undergraduates Award and will participate in the 2011 fall meeting of the Divisions of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society Oct. 26-29 in East Lansing, Mich.

Birmingham-Southern senior Steven Carter
Carter talks about his research at the recent
Summer Research Celebration and Poster Session.

The award funds travel, lodging, and registration for the conference.

A physics and mathematics double major and Turnipseed-Ikenberry Scholar from Enterprise, Carter will present his poster “First Measurement of Statistical Gamma-ray Transitions in 88Sr at TUNL via Inelastic Neutron Scattering” at the meeting. He spent the summer conducting nuclear physics research at Duke University, which he is continuing this fall under the supervision of Dr. Mark Rupright, BSC assistant professor of physics.

“I’m excited to be able to attend this conference,” stated Carter. “I’ll have the opportunity to witness the work of the highest professions in the field of nuclear physics and meet other talented nuclear physics students, as well as represent Birmingham-Southern.”

The goal of the Conference Experience for Undergraduates program is to provide a “capstone” experience for students who have conducted research in nuclear physics, by providing them the opportunity to present their results to the larger professional community and to their peers. Additionally, it enables the students to converse with faculty and senior scientists from graduate institutions about graduate school opportunities.

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