2010
Three students receive grant through national physics research competition

Three students receive grant through national physics research competition
January 26, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Three students in the College of Science at Benedictine University were awarded a grant through the 2009-2010 Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award program sponsored by the Society of Physics Students. The three students – Tricia M. Avanzado, Swetha Sabu and Alexander J. Seymour – were awarded the grant of $1,796 to fund their research proposal titled “The Modification of an Optical Tweezers in Order to Study the Motility Strength of E. Coli Under Different Environmental Conditions.” The grant was one of only nine awarded nationwide. Avanzado is a senior majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and the daughter of Kit and Mary Avanzado of Willowbrook; Sabu is a senior majoring in Physics and the daughter of James Sabu of Wood Dale; and Seymour is a senior majoring in Physics and the son of Michael and Alice Seymour of Aurora. Andrew Wig, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Physics/Engineering department at Benedictine University, serves as the students’ faculty mentor. The Society of Physics Students is a national professional association designed specifically for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. Besides physics majors, members in the Society of Physics Students include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine and other fields. Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society housed within the Society for Physics Students. The Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award program supports local chapter activities that are deemed imaginative and likely to contribute to the strengthening of the program. The maximum grant is $2,000.

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