Monday, October 3, 2005

Two Rochester Physics Alumni to Share 2006 American Physical Society Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution

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The two Rochester alumni are a former student of Professor Joe Eberly, Dr. Charles (Qichang) Su (, and a former postdoc of Eberly, Dr. Rainer Grobe ( Both Rochester alumni are professors at Illinois State University. They've just learned that they've won the 2006 APS Prize ( for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution (

This is the first time the award has ever been awarded jointly to two persons. Their accomplishments are so significant that we were told that the committee decided to break with past precedence.

Dr. Su ( graduated from UR in 1991 with a thesis entitled "Ionization of a model atomic system by short intense laser pulses", and went to Illinois State University. He was responsible for the Illinois State University's Department of Physics recruiting Dr. Grobe (, who was working with Professor Eberly at Rochester as Sr. Research Associate and Assistant Professor (part time). Grobe was the originator of the first computational physics course at Rochester (PHY322). The course has evolved over the years, and has become our undergrad computational physics course P256. Professor Grobe is now director, and Professor Su is the co-director, of the Intense Laser Physics Group at Illiois State University (

Additional Information about the APS Award.

Purpose: To honor a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to physics and who has contributed substantially to the professional development of undergraduate physics students.

Nature: The prize consists of a $5,000 stipend to the prize recipient and a separate $5,000 unrestricted grant for the research to the prize recipient's institution. An additional allowance will be provided for travel expenses to the APS meeting at which the prize ceremony will take place, and a certificate citing the contributions by the recipient. The prize will be presented annually.

Establishment & Support: The prize was established in 1984 by a grant from the Research Corporation, a private foundation for the advancement of science and technology.

The following is from:

The American Physical Society (APS), has named Illinois State≠s Distinguished Professor Rainer Grobe and Professor Q. Charles Su of the ISU Department of Physics as recipients of the 2006 APS Undergraduate Research Prize. The award cites ≥their outstanding effort at creating a successful and renowned optical theory program at Illinois State University, and for their exemplary involvement of undergraduates in this research.≈ Since 1986, this highly prestigious award is given annually to only one institution and includes a $5,000 stipend to the recipients and a $5,000 unrestricted grant for research in Physics at Illinois State. Grobe and Su are invited to the APS awards ceremony in Baltimore in March to receive their award from APS President Marvin Cohen. Grobe and Su are pleased that the APS award is another national recognition for the Intense Laser Physics Theory Unit, which they co-direct. The Unit has been supported by the National Science Foundation since 1996. Thirty-five Physics students have delivered about 150 talks at various conferences, and the Intense Laser Physics Theory Unit has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals that were cited in more than 2,000 articles.

Article submitted by:
Arie Bodek
10/3/05; 1:32:07 PM

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