May 19, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 9)
Physics Students Receive Departmental Awards
The Department of Physics and Astronomy recently presented awards to students Trung Bui and Lisa Simoncelli for their academic work.
A graduating senior, Simoncelli earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music and came to Lehman with the goal of entering the field of medicine and medical research. She received the Ambuj Mukerji Award for showing exceptional promise on the basis of first-year physics courses. She is currently conducting research with Professor Maryam Bamshad-Alavi (Biological Sciences) and Professor Alan Kluger (Psychology) in the Aging and Dementia Research Center at New York University.
Simoncelli has been accepted to several osteopathic medical schools, as well as the master's program in biology at Lehman. She intends to practice medicine and conduct medical research in a medically underserved area of the United States.
Bui received the Joseph A. Gillet Award for being the most knowledgeable in general physics among graduating majors. Born in Vietnam, Bui came to the United States at age eight. At Lehman, he has distinguished himself as a successful and popular math tutor and is currently conducting physics-related research in Professor Christopher Gerry's lab.
This May, Bui will earn a double Bachelor of Science degree in physics (with honors) and mathematics. He plans to pursue graduate studies in math and science education.