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Senior Gregory Ridgway, Triple Degree Candidate in Physics, Mathematics and Piano Performance, Named University Medalist

Gregory Ridgway. Photo by John T. Consoli.

From publishing in physics journals to performing at an international piano festival in Italy, Gregory Ridgway’s talents are as diverse as his experiences at UMD.

Gregory Ridgway. Photo by John T. Consoli.
Gregory Ridgway. Photo by John T. Consoli.

Graduating with a 3.98 GPA and three degrees—in physics, mathematics and piano performance—Ridgway’s ability to think both logically and creatively will be the foundation of his ambition to become a theoretical physicist.

“There are so many different ways to look at the world,” he says. “I could never just settle into one.”

Christopher Monroe Enters National Academy of Sciences

Christopher Monroe, Distinguished University Professor & Bice Seci-Zorn Professor was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences 2016. See recorded video

Membership of the National Academy of Sciences is one the greatest and highest honors that a scientist can receive.  "The NAS membership totals approximately 2,290 members and 490 foreign associates, of whom approximately 200 have received Nobel prizes."  - NAS

Read more about Monroe's accomplishments.





Three UMD Students Named 2017 Goldwater Scholars

Three University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. The Goldwater Foundation also recognized a fourth UMD student with an Honorable Mention.

UMD juniors Christopher Bambic, Eliot Fenton and Prayaag Venkat were among the 240 Barry Goldwater Scholars selected from 1,286 students nominated nationally this year. UMD junior Natalie Livingston was recognized with an Honorable Mention. The four students all plan to pursue doctoral degrees in their areas of study and to become university professors or researchers at government laboratories.

Join us for Maryland Day on Saturday, April 29th!

Join UMD Physics for the 19th annual Maryland Day to explore our world of fearless ideas on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maryland Day is an exciting opportunity for prospective students and area residents to learn more about the University of Maryland.

Maryland Day will be held rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. A campus map can be found here.

More on Maryland Day from CMNS.


2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships announced

Congratulations to 10 current students and recent alumni selected to receive prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. 
Twenty-four UMD students were among the 2,000 fellowship winners announced by NSF. Of those, 10 hailed from CMNS, including four current graduate students, four current undergraduate students, and two alumni who received bachelor's degrees in CMNS majors. 
Our announcement is posted on the CMNS home page. We will also share on social media: