This year, for the first time in recent memory, two of our graduate students received prestigious dissertation year fellowships from the College. These fellowships are designed to provide support to students that will allow them to devote all of their time to research and writing (without, for instance, serving as an AI).
Amanda Coughlin has been working for several years in Shixiong Zhang’s lab growing various nanomaterials, fabricating nanodevices and studying their properties. She has also served as the Vice President of the Materials Research Society @IU Chapter. To date, she has 5 papers investigating nanostructured materials through measurements of magnetization, magnetotransport and Raman scattering. As she continues her studies under this fellowship, she will be investigating effects of strain and stoichiometry on low dimensional magnets such as chromium telluride nanoflakes.
Patrick Blackstone has done work both with Emilie Passemar studying decays of the tau lepton as a probe of physics beyond the Standard Model and with Gerardo Ortiz on developing a theory of scattering for particle beams that exhibit single-particle entanglement. This fellowship will support him while he continues his work in fundamental physics studying such thing as lepton flavor violation in hadronic processes.