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Graduate Student Life

Young Emory Physicists

The Young Emory Physicists (YEP) is a graduate student organization whose purpose is to promote interaction among Emory Physics Department graduate students and other Emory students interested in Physics. YEP is sanctioned by the Emory Student Government. Activities are held throughout the year, and include leisure events and forums for the discussion of topics in physics. YEP also provides support for new graduate students in the Physics Department. YEP aims to promote Emory Physics and to maximize the quality of life among Physics graduate students.


International Students and Scholars at Emory

SACNAS @ EMORY - Emory advancing Chicanos/Hispanic and Native Americans in STEM

National Society of Black Physicists

Emory Physics Cookbook

Life in a new city can be challenging at first, but good food can make it feel like home! The Emory Physics graduate students and faculty maintain a cookbook with many recipes to satisfy all tastes. Check it out here! 

Emory Physics Recipes

Graduate Student Research Awards

Internal Graduate Awards

Montag Award

The Jim and Ethel Montag Graduate Physics Award is awarded annually to an exceptional graduate student for accomplishments in physics research. Recipients receive an additional $2000 to their stipend the year they receive the award. The award is granted to the student (US Citizens only) with the most significant accomplishment in research. The 2014-2015 academic year represents the first year this award is being given. The Montag Graduate Physics Award was established by James L. Montag (58C) and his late wife Ethel in honor of Prof. Fereydoon Family, for his mentoring and academic influence of their son Lee Montag (85C).

Award recipients:

James Merrill - 2022

Dana Harvey - 2021

Yannic Gagnon – 2020

Robert Lemasters – 2019

Ryan Freeman – 2018

Dominic Robe – 2017

Roman Baglay – 2016

Skanda Vivek – 2015

Laura Gray – 2014

Excellence in Graduate Research

The Excellence in Graduate Research Award is given annually to a physics graduate student with outstanding research accomplishments. It is open to all physics graduate students with no restrictions. Recipients receive an additional $500 to their stipend for the award. The award is currently funded by the Emory Department of Physics.

Award recipients:

Wentao Yu (co-winner) - 2022

Jin Qian (co-winner) - 2022

Wei Li (co-winner) - 2021

Mahajabin Rahman (co-winner) - 2021

Weijie Li (co-winner) – 2020

Guanxiong Chen (co-winner) – 2020

External Graduate Awards

2020 Science ATL Communication Fellowship – James Merrill

2020 GSNP Student Speaker Finalist – Guram Gogia

2016 Biophysical Society Awards – Yan Yan (Student Research Achievement and Travel Award)

2015 Shirley Chan Student Travel Award – Vijay Singh

2014 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award – Justin Pye

2012 GSNP Student Speaker Winner – Gary Hunter

Journal Clubs

The Molecular Biophysics Journal Club

The Molecular Biophysics Journal Club meets weekly to discuss current and classic research topics in the area of Molecular Biophysics. Each week a member presents a journal article that is discussed by the group. All students, faculty, and research staff with an interest in biophysics are welcome to attend. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 12:00 in room N215. Bring a lunch if you wish. For more information, please contact Professor Kurt Warncke.

The Soft Condensed Matter Journal Club

The Soft Condensed Matter Journal Club meets weekly throughout the entire year. Topics vary widely and are influenced by the current interests of those in the journal club. Journal club participants include both experimental and theory students; anybody is welcome to join.  For more information, please contact Professor Connie Roth.

The Theoretical Physics Journal Club

The Theoretical Physics Journal Club meets weekly to discuss research topics in area of theoretical, statistical & computational physics. Graduate students and faculty members of the computational/statistical physics groups select and discuss a journal article every week. The club is open to anyone having interest in theoretical/statistical physics.  For more information, please contact Professor Stefan Boettcher.