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Welcome to the OSU Physics Alumni Page!

Caren Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awarded

Drs. Chris (BS '53, MS '54, PhD '61) and Linda Caren were honored at the physics picnic by Chair Jim Beatty to celebrate their generous gift establishing a summer undergraduate research scholarship. Jake Connors and Tom Byvank were selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee as the first Caren Research Scholars.

McMaster Family Creates New Scholarship

The Harold and Helen McMaster Family Foundation recently made a $100,000 commitment to support a scholarship in memory of Harold McMaster (MS '39). The Harold McMaster Scholarship Fund will support high-ability undergraduate students from the state of Ohio (where Harold resided the majority of his life) who are currently enrolled in classes and intend to major in physics or students with a currently declared major in physics.

Mr. McMaster received a combined master’s degree in physics, mathematics, and astronomy from Ohio State. He started his own company, Glasstech, which made him the world authority on glass tempering. In 1940 he designed the McMaster Rotary Engine (MRE), which is one-third lighter than the typical car engine. He passed away August 25, 2003.

Gift from Michael Valentino Estate

Sadly, on November 11, 2006 physics alumnus and donor Michael Valentino (B.S. '34) passed away. Michael had remembered OSU Physics Department in his estate plans thereby increasing his already established endowment to over $800,000 with a $40,000 annual distribution to support undergraduate students in the Department of Physics.

On July 11, 2003 Michael had established The Angela Marie and Mary Francis Valentino Physics Academic Achievement Scholarship in memory of his mother Mary and loving wife Angela. Michael’s generous gift provides renewable four-year scholarships for highly talented prospective and/or current undergraduates in physics or engineering physics providing they maintain satisfactory progress towards their degrees.

Clifford Heer Graduate Student Award

Esther Heer and Debra Heer Fox were recently honored to celebrate the family's generous donation establishing the Dr. Clifford Heer Graduate Student Scholarship Award in the Department of Physics. This endowment is in memory of Emeritus Professor Clifford Heer (BS '42, PhD '49).

Beginning this year, the graduate student presenters of the best posters in the Physics Graduate Student Poster Competition will win the Clifford Heer Award, a scholarship to support the students' professional development. The Physics Graduate Student Poster Competition will be held May 11-15, 2009 in the Atrium of the Physics Research Building.

Gearharts Honor Hershel Hausman

Norman Gearhart ( M.S. '69, Ph.D, '73) and Carolyn Piper Gearhart have named a faculty office (Room 2144) in the Physics Research Building, in honor of Professor Emeritus Hershel J. Hausman.

Professor Hausman joined the physics faculty of The Ohio State University in 1952 having earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at Carnegie Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Pittsburgh. During most of his first decade here he served as supervisor of the cyclotron laboratory. In addition to being a superb classroom teacher, he was supervisor of the new Van de Graaff Laboratory from 1962 until his retirement in 1989. The primary foci of his research and that of the more than twenty students earning Ph.D. and/or Master Degrees with him were: nuclear scattering problems, nuclear reaction mechanisms, and nuclear capture reactions for a large variety of nuclei.

The award was received by Prof. Hausman's son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Herb and Laura Hausman in a ceremony on October 10, 2008. Participating in the event were (pictured left to right): Prof. Emeritus William Riley, Mary Riley, Prof. Emeritus William Saam, Margy Saam, Chair, James Beatty, Carolyn Piper Gearhart, Prof. Tom Humanic, Dr. Norman Gearhart, Dr. Laura Hausman, Dr. Herb Hausman, Prof. Evan Sugarbaker.

Congratulations David and Christine Vernier

David and Christine Vernier, Vernier Software, were awarded an AAPT Distinguished Service Citation at the January 2007 meeting in Seattle. David graduated from OSU with a B.S. in Physics in 1969, and received the Department of Physics Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He and Christine have been strong supporters of the Department of Physics, including gifts for classroom technology and the Vernier Commons.

Your comments and insight can help present students prepare for real world challenges as well as help the department adjust to the times. Any tips on job searching or interviewing techniques would also be appreciated and will probably end up on our Physics Career Page.

Special Events

In spring of 2000, all people affiliated with the Van de Graaff laboratory research program were invited to attend a reunion. Click here for highlights of the events held June 2 and 3, 2000.

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