Undergraduate Award Winners

Photo (left-right): Timothy Foreman, Dillon Liu, Annabel Chew, and Prof. I.C. Noyan

Three outstanding seniors in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department were recognized at the APAM Senior Dinner on May 8, 2013.

Each award winner received a plaque and a check for $500. Their names were also inscribed on award plaques in the Department.


Timothy Austin Foreman
Applied Mathematics Faculty Award

Timothy, a C.P. Davis Scholar, majored in applied math and minored in economics. He played trumpet in Columbia’s Wind Ensemble for 4 years, served on the executive board, and was the Vice President of Making Music Matter (an after school band program for NYC elementary school students). He was an intern with Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers and Scientists and a research assistant in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Economics, as well as the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is on the Dean’s List, has completed 146.50 points, and has a 3.8316 GPA. He is also a recipient of a CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship and a National Merit Scholarship. Next year, he will be attending Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs as a part of the Ph.D. program in Sustainable Development. He hopes to work in international economic policy after the completion of his Ph.D.

Dillon Thor Liu
Applied Physics Faculty Award

Dillon is the first SEAS student ever to receive a Marshall Scholarship — an award which provides funding for 2-3 years of graduate study in the UK. Dillon, who majored in applied physics, has completed 137 points and has a 3.9078 GPA. He worked for the Office of Residential Programs for three years and was the community advisor for East Campus Residence Hall. He was also a teaching assistant for the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, and hopes to continue being involved with science education and outreach. After graduation, Dillon will attend the University of Oxford to earn a D.Phil. in theoretical physics, with a focus on condensed matter physics.

Annabel Rong-Hui Chew
Francis B.F. Rhodes Prize, Materials Science & Engineering

Annabel is a 2013 Wendell Medal Finalist, for exemplifying great character, scholarship, and service. She majored in Materials Science and Engineering, and worked with the Herman Lab on photovoltaics. She was an intern at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, was a participant in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network REU Program, and has served on the board of editors and reviewers for the Columbia Science Review, a peer-reviewed science publication featuring articles written by Columbia students. Currently, Annabel is having a paper published on her work with the Herman group involving P3HT nanowires in photovoltaic devices.She will be attending Stanford University in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science.

Two other APAM seniors were also honored this Spring.

Marla Lipsyc (Applied Mathematics)
King’s Crown Leadership Excellence Award for Health and Wellness (with the Dean’s Award for Leadership Excellence in her category)

The King's Crown Leadership Excellence Awards recognize student and student group leadership and contributions. Honorees receive a Certificate of Distinction for Leadership Excellence in their noted category. 

Noah Whitehead (Applied Physics)
Class Day Scholar Athlete Award

The School of Engineering and Applied Science Scholar Athlete Award is presented from time to time by the Office of the Dean to that graduating SEAS student who has distinguished himself or herself as a varsity athlete and scholar.

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