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Ohio Wesleyan Graduate Earns International Physics Honor


June 18, 2007

Yun Kyoung “Claire” Ryu, a 2007 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, has been selected as one of three college students in the United States to receive the Society of Physics Students’ Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research.

Ryu will represent the Society of Physics Students and the United States Aug. 9-17 at the International Conference of Physics Students in London, England.

A resident of the Republic of Korea, Ryu graduated magna cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan in May with five majors: biophysics, chemistry, microbiology, pre-medicine, and zoology with a concentration in genetics. She will begin graduate studies in biophysics this fall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Ryu’s research, conducted in conjunction with Ohio Wesleyan Professor Robert A. Kaye, Ph.D., involved analyzing data from a nuclear physics experiment designed to measure the mean survival times of excited energy states in an isotope of strontium (Sr-79). The research verified two theoretical predictions of the degree of deformation in the nucleus and was published in the March 2007 issue of Physical Review C, the premier journal of nuclear physics.

Her research also has been recognized by the Conference Experience for Undergraduates, a program funded by the National Science Foundation, and by both the American Physical Society and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

The Society of Physics Students, formed in 1968, is a professional organization created specifically for students. A part of the American Institute of Physics, the society has more than 700 chapters on college campuses across the country. It is based in College Park, Md.

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