The Great Lakes Chapter of the Health Physics Society (GLCHPS) recognized University of Michigan students Christopher C. Davis, Carly Evans, and Colin J. Stewart at the 2022 Spring Young Investigators Virtual Symposium on April 14, 2022. All three students work with NERS Prof. Kim Kearfott in the Radiological Health Engineering Laboratory on projects supported by the Consortium for Monitoring, Technology, and Verification (MTV).
“I am proud of all the Radiological Health Engineering students who presented in this meeting,” said Prof. Kearfott. “Their work was of top quality, bringing honor to the University of Michigan. In particular, undergraduates presented at a level more typical of graduate students.”
Christopher C. Davis
LSA Math/Computer Science Undergraduate Student
Chris, with the first-place finish, won the Marie Curie Award, the GLCHPS’s highest scientific award, for Algorithms for Rapid Localization of Lost Radiation Sources. Christopher’s first-place finish netted him the $1000 prize.
Chris is currently studying Computer Science and Mathematics. He is interested in robotics, machine vision, algorithms research, and any other mathematically-focused intersections with Computer Science.
“I’d like to give my thanks to each of the student members of the iRAD drone team,” said Chris, “and I would like to especially thank Edgar Chung, Marlee Trager, Ryan Kim, and of course Professor Kearfott. I would have never achieved this if not for their efforts.”
Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Undergraduate Student
Carly won the Arthur J. Solari Founder Award for the testing of multiple samples of a consumer-grade temporal radon monitoring device and took home a $250 prize.
Carly is studying nuclear engineering with broad interests across the field, with a current focus on radiation detection.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the rest of the lab for their support,” said Carly, “particularly Edgar Chung, Chris Davis, Thomas Kennings, Jordan Noey, and Professor Kearfott! Their help has been invaluable throughout this project.”
Colin J. Stewart
Engineering Physics Undergraduate Student
Colin won the James E. Martin Award for the quality control program for high precision radiation dose delivery and took home a $500 prize.
Colin is a junior with current research interests in theoretical physics with a focus in nuclear and plasma physics.
“I would like to thank Jordan Noey for his work on this project as well as for his support on other projects,” said Colin. “I would also like to thank Professor Kearfott for her mentorship. Without these people this award would not have been possible.”