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Six undergraduate physics concentrators awarded prestigious fellowships

Five Brown University undergraduate Physics concentrators were awarded highly competitive NSF Fellowships for graduate studies. In 2017, the NSF chose to fund only 2,000 applicants out of a pool of 13,000. Additionally, another undergraduate Physics concentrator has been awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Fellowship. 

(Distributed April 6, 2017)

Mildred Widgoff, Brown Physics first female faculty member

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, the Brown University Department of Physics wishes to acknowledge the many contributions of its first female faculty member, Mildred Widgoff.
 

(Distributed March 7, 2017)

Dr. Jami Valentine Honored by the National Society of Black Physicists


Jami Valentine was born in Philadelphia PA.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree in physics from Brown University, working in Professor Jim Valles' lab. In 2006 Jami became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation research was on the “Spin Polarization Measurements of c-Axis Epitaxial Rare Earth Thin Films”.

(Distributed February 20, 2017)

Walter Massey, Brown's first African American professor of physics

Brown University ArchivesBrown University ArchivesWalter E. Massey came to Brown University as its first African American professor of physics in 1970 from the University of Illinois where he had worked on the many-body theory of liquids and solids. Before that, he earned his bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from Morehouse College, and his master’s and doctorate in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. 

(Distributed February 3, 2017)
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