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Wellington headed successful 2008 Student Research Committee

Tracey Wellington, a doctoral student in the Department of Physics at Texas A&M University, served as director of the 2008 Student Research Week (SRW) Committee. Texas A&M University’s Student Research Week is the largest in the United States

By virtue of this appointment, Wellington iwas responsible for the coordination of all logistics for the 2008 SRW Competition, including judges, volunteers, recruiting, awards and advertisement. The 2008 Student Research Week Competition took place for March 24-28, 2008, with more than 800 presenters, 250 judges, 200 volunteers, and 120 sessions over 31 taxonomies.




Tracey Wellington, IGERT trainee

As a doctoral student, Wellington's research in Materials Science and Enigneering focuses on the study of molecular magnets under the supervision of Winfried Teizer, Departmentof Physics. She is also a recipient of the 2007 Graduate Student Council Guseman Award for outstanding service to the organization. She also served as treasurer of the Council.

Wellington serves as a member-at-large in the American Physical Society Forum on Graduate Student Affairs. She participated in a conference sponsored by APS to address the status and future of graduate education in physics. Other conference attenddess included department chairs and directors of graduate stueis from large and small physics departments nationwide.

Wellington received her undergraduate degree in mathematical physics from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. in 2005 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.


Papers of IGERT trainee Darren Hartl lauded at TAMU and SPIE paper competitions

At Texas A&M University student research week in March 2008, a paper by IGERT Trainee Darren Hartl, Thermomechanical Characterization of the Nonlinear, Rate-Dependent Response of Shape Memory Polymers, took first place in its session and was awarded an Outstanding Accomplishments in Interdisciplinary Research honor.

At the March 2008 SPIE Smart Structures/Nondestructive Evaluation for Health Monitoring + Diagnostics conference, an abstract by Hartl was judges as one of the top six in the SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper & Presentation Competition. The title of the paper was Experimentally Validated Numerical Analysis of Aerostructures Incorporating Shape Memory Alloys,



Darren Hartl, IGERT trainee