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Student Wins Another Award for Her Research

Student Wins Another Award for Her Research

Creighton University junior Anya Burkart, of Monument, Colo., was awarded a Society of Physics Students (SPS) Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research for her research titled “Elasticity Determination of Bone Cells via Static and Dynamic Optical Stretching."

Burkart is one of two physics students in the United States invited to present research in August at the 2010 International Conference of Physics Students in Austria. The award includes a $500 honorarium and a $500 award for Creighton's SPS Chapter.

A member of the biophysical optics research team since 2008, she collected and analyzed data on cell elasticity using an optical stretcher under the supervision of Creighton Physics Professor Mike Nichols, Ph.D.

Burkart, who has a double major in physics and German, was recently awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.

She has presented her research at the 2009 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at Yale University, the 2009 Nebraska Academy of Science and the 2010 Biophysical Society meeting in San Francisco. She served as a Research in Science Education (RISE) Science Scholar and completed a paid summer internship at the Universitat des Saarlandes, in Saarbrucken, Germany. Burkart is also a Clare Boothe Luce Women in Science scholar at Creighton. She plans to attend graduate school in the United States or Germany to earn a doctorate in biological physics.

The Society of Physics Students is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that the students be interested in physics.