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Outstanding Students in Physics & Astronomy

The Physics and Astronomy department at Sac State is often, overwhelmingly proud of what our students achieve. Join us in recognizing their special accomplishments!

End of Year Scholarship Awards

Physics Awards Night Recogizes Student Excellence

At the end of the spring semester the Department of Physics and Astronomy awards a wide variety of scholarships to students in recognition of their outstanding achievements in scholarly activity here at Sac State (see here for info). Awards handed out this year include the Feynman Award to Jack Paulson, the Ilof Scholarship to Toe Oo Wai Yan, the Suzy Fenton Scholarship to Leonardo Nolasco and Toe Oo Wai Yan, the Klavetter Scholarship to Ernesto Ramirez Jr. and Haley Steuber, the Bania Scholarship to Matthew Bradley, the Vanderberg Scholarship to Matthew Bradley, William Henrie, Desmond Wallace, Xuan Gip, Theresa Nguyen, William Henrie, Nikolas Agadjanian and Long Huynh, and the coverted Outstanding Senior Award to Anna Gagnebin.

Many congratulations to the recipients!

Vanderberg Scholarship award winners 2023

Hannah Redhead

Provost's Award for Research Excellence 2023

Hannah Redhead is the recipient of Provost's Award for Research Excellence at California State University, Sacramento for participation in the 2023 Student Research & Creative Activity Spring Symposium. The award recognizes students for outstanding presentations on their research of an original scholarly work. Congratulations to Hannah for winning first place in the category of Physical Science and Mathematics! Her talk was titled "Modelling the Afterglow and Prompt Emission of Neutron Star Mergers", which is based on her research done in collaboration with Dr. Rodolfo Barniol Duran.

Hannah Redhead

Anna Gagnebin

Student Scholarships Awards 2020–2021


The Faculty Senate is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 Faculty Endowment for Student Scholarships Awards. Award recipients are recognized for their academic achievement and promise of continued academic success, service and contributions to the student’s major department, college, the university and/or the community at-large, and articulation of future educational/career goals.

Physics Major Anna Gagnebin will be honored in a virtual ceremony February 18, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Brandon Thomas and Herminio Carrillo

Student Research & Creative Activity Symposium

Congratulations to Physics majors, Brandon Thomas and Herminio Carrillo, who tied for 2nd place at the Sacramento State Student Research & Creative Activity Symposium 2020!

Sac State Student Research & Creative Activity Symposium 2020 Winners