Honors List

The Departmental Honors Program provides additional depth to the student's knowledge in a special area of contemporary physics and grounds this knowledge in their understanding of the world around them


Academic YearConvocation DateDepartmental Honors StudentDepartmental Honors Thesis DirectorDepartmental Honors Thesis TitleEoin Gray Scholarship Award (Best Graduating Senior)The Feynman Award (Best Student in Contemporary Physics)Rayburn Lab Award
2022-2023May 13, 2023Michael BessDiana DragomirAtmospheric Composition of 55 Cancri eMichael Bess Emilio Perez de Juan
Stephanie HansenYlva PihlströmSiO Maser Dependency on the Circumstellar Shell of AGB Stars
2021-2022May 14, 2022Will CrockettMousumi RoyA Physicist's Approach to the Water Cycle: Long-Term Changes in the Water Retention Properties of Soils in the Sevilleta ShrublandBenjamin CochranKevin BacaWill Crockett
2020-2021 Adam YañezSally Seidel and Martin HoeferkampCharge Collection in 3D Silicon SensorsKyle KennardJosef SorensonJosef Sorenson
Josef SorensonPaul SchwoebelPaschen breakdown in dielectric and varistor granule filled spark gaps
2019-2020May 16, 2020

Julie Campos

Ivan Deutsch

Explorations in Quantum Optimal Control

Eric R. PutneyEric R. PutneyAdam Yanez
Ivey DavisRouzbeh Allahverdi

A New Model for Early Kinetic Decoupling of Dark Matter

Ryan GibbonsMichael GoldAnalysis and Instrumentation for a Xenon-doped Liquid Argon System
Eric PutneyHuaiyu DuanNumerical Analysis of Collective Neutrino Oscillations in Dense Neutrino Media
Kyle RitchieRouzbeh Allahverdi

Decay of Coherent Scalar Field Oscillations

Dilys Ruan

Greg TaylorDiscovery of a Pulsar Wind Nebula Around PSR B0950+08

Brady Spears

Mousumi RoyInversion of Muon Flux for Purposes of Resolving Subsurface Densities
2018/2019May 11, 2019Patrick M. BrownRouzbeh AllahverdiNon-standard Thermal Histories and Temperature of the UniverseBenjamin L. ReicheltJulie A. CamposEric Putney
Gavin P. GonzalesMarek OsinskiSynthesis and Characterization of Colloidal ZnTe/ZnS and ZnTe/ZnSe Quantum Dots
Kylar L. GreeneYlva PihlströmDetermining periods of Mira Variables using the VVV sky survey
Patrick R. LatimerYlva PihlströmHigh-Resolution Multi-Epoch Astrometry of Water Fountain IRAS 16552-3050
Lauren M. ZundelAlejandro Manjavacas ArevaloTemporal Evolution of Radiative Heat Transfer Between Graphene Nanodisks
2017/2018May 12, 2018Ivan V. RajenMartin Hoeferkamp
Sally Seidel
Measuring Charged Particle Beam Fluence Beyond 1015 neq/cm2 Using Planar and 3D Silicon DiodesRoderick D. Cochran
Dennis C. Robinson Brown
Benjamin L. Reichelt 
2016/2017May 13, 2017Zachary A. CastilloDinesh LoombaViability of Integrating Op-Amps for Event Detection in Time Projection ChambersMontie S. Avery
Gregory J. Ottino
Veronica J. Dike
Gregory J. Ottino
Veronica J. Dike Gregory TaylorDetecting pulsar polarization below 100 MHz with the LWA
Gregory J. OttinoDouglas FieldsVernier Scan Analysis PHENX Run 15 p+p, √s = 200 GeV
Austin C. VaitkusDinesh LoombaThe Effect of CS2 on Diffusion and Light Yield in Optical Time Projection Chambers
2015/2016May 14, 2016Nelly E. AyllonSally SeidelDevelopment of a Method for Measuring Charged Particle Beam Fluence Beyond 1016 1-MeV-neutron equivalent/cm2Cameron W. TrappCameron W. Trapp 
Alexandre F. MillsMichael GoldScintillation of Xenon doped Liquid Argon in the BACON Detector
Brad M. PhilipbarMichael GoldR&D Leading Toward the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment
Cameron W. TrappYlva PihlströmThe High Frequency Calibrator Conundrum: Pipeline and Identification Algorithm for Potential Calibrator Sources
2014/2015May 9, 2015Alexandria M. DoerflerJames ThomasDevelopment of a Total Internal Reflection Illumination System for Fluorescence Correlation SpectroscopyMichael J. McCrackanJoshua D. Martin 
Tarraneh EftekhariGregory TaylorA Low Frequency Survey of Giant Pulses from the Crab Pulsar
Michael J. McCrackanGregory TaylorLow Frequency Study of Rotating Radio Transients
Joshua D. MartinDinesh LoombaMultivariate Moments to Characterize Nuclear Recoil Track Directionality in Low-Pressure TPCs
2013/2014May 17, 2014Ezequiel E. CarrascoIvan DeutschSimulating a Boson SamplerSkylar T. ScottSamuelle Bourgault 
Stav GoldMousumi RoyA Linear Analysis of a Two-Phase Flow Model of Melt Percolation
Haley E. McDuffSally SeidelEffect of Humidity on Reverse Breakdown in 3D Silicon Sensors for Particle Tracking
2012/2013May 11, 2013   Jacek K. OsinskiEvan A. Ottesen
Stephen C. Pietromonaco
2011/2012May 12, 2012Brian P. JoseySally SeidelCharge Collection Distance of Diamond Vertex DetectorsRodrigo Osuna OrozcoNathan Giannini
Randy J. Lafler
Roberto S. Rosales
Rodrigo Osuna OrozcoMousumi RoyGeneration of Melt Streamline Patterns from Lithosphere Thickness Irregularities
Paige S. RomeroJohn McGrawOptical Variability of the Young Stellar Object GM Aurigae
2010/2011May 14, 2011Chad A. McCoyGary CooperCross Calibration for using Neutron Activation Analysis with Copper Samples to measure D-T Fusion YieldsChad A. McCoy
Bolestaw L. Osinski
Thomas S. Mahony 
Bolestaw L. OsinskiKevin MalloyThermal Characterization of MBBA, 5CB, and 8CB for Thermal Switches Using the 3ω Method
2009/2010May 15, 2010Kyle W. MartinCarlton CavesAn Analysis of an Epistemic Toy Theory of Quantum Mechanics with Connections to the Stabilizer Formalism and Local Hidden Variable TablesKyle W. MartinPaul V. Klimov 
2008/2009May 16, 2009Nguyen S. PhanDinesh Loomba
John Matthews
Keith Rielage

Acrylic Attenuation Measurements for the MiniCLEAN Dark Matter Detector

Nguyen S. PhanMatthew E. Gooden 
2007/2008May 17, 2008Tiffany R. HayesRichard Rand

Search for Extraplanar Molecular Gas in NGC 891

Aaron B. ZimmermanAaron B. Zimmerman 
Thuso S. SimonJohn McGraw


Aaron B. ZimmermanColston Chandler
Douglas Fields
Helicity Effects on Quantum Scattering
2006/2007May 12, 2007Paul MartinJ.M. GeremiaQuantum Optical Coherent State DiscriminationPaul MartinJean Kurtz 
Kathrin SpendierJames ThomasSpatial Control of Spontaneous Fluorescence by Stimulated Emission
2005/2006May 13, 2006Lance E. EdensPatricia Henning
Richard Rand
Analysis of the Hydrogen Gas Distribution in the Galaxy HIZSS 3David C. HebertLukas M. Baumgartel 
2004/2005May 14, 2005David L. HayesIvan DeutschQuantum Logic with Spin 1/2 Neutral Atoms in Double Gaussian WellsDavid L. HayesAdam K. Norman 
Adam K. NormanDavid DunlapDamage Induced in α-Quartz by High-Energy Heavy Ions
2003/2004May 15, 2004Wayne M. SchlingmanRobert DuncanTemperature-Entropy Wave in Self-Organized 4He Wayne M. SchlingmanDavid L. Hayes 
2002/2003May 17, 2003n/an/an/aGhazi ZouaouiGavin Mendel-Gleason 
2001/2002May 11, 2002Nicolas MenicucciCarlton CavesLocal Realistic Hidden-Variable Model for the States and Dynamics of Liquid-State NMR Information ProcessingVeronica Mata-Bruni
Nicolas Menicucci
Maureen M. Ballard 
Katherine SmithDinesh LoombaWeak Lensing Results for Galaxy Cluster Abell 781
2000/2001 Raquel Fraga EnciñasRichard RandVLA Mapping of M83 at 6cm   
Cristina MurrayPatricia HenningNew Galaxies in the Southern Zone of Avoidance: an HI Survey