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Spring 2024

Graduate Students Shine

Two graduate students from the Department of Geosciences have recently received notable invitations and accolades, reflecting their dedication and achievements in their respective fields of study.

Tyler DanzigTyler Danzig has been invited to present his NOAA-funded research as part of the Citizen Climate Education Series. His presentation, titled "The Urban Heat Experiment Around Lubbock, Texas (U-HEAT): An Exploration of Urban Heat Islands," will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 7:00 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4600 48th Street. In addition to this honor, Tyler recently won Second Place in the Poster Presentation Category of the Joint Conference Student Competition at the 2024 American Meteorological Society's 104th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.


Diya DasDiya Das has been invited by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to present within the AGU Early-Career Science Seminar Series on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 12:00 PM Central Time. Her presentation is part of the seminar series themed "The Sky is Falling: Precipitation Observations and their Role in Understanding the Earth System" and is titled "Witnessing Rain: From Terrestrial to Celestial Realms."  Furthermore, Diya has received a Travel Grant Award to attend the 2024 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Athens, Greece, from July 7-12, 2024. She will present a paper entitled "Exploring Spatial Variability of Precipitation Over the Semi-Arid Region of West Texas Using Ground-Based and Satellite Remote Sensing Measurements Synergy."

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A&S Banner Bearer Highlight

Baylie Jett-Mills, now alumna of the Department of English, has been selected from a pool of 146 international candidates to participate in the prestigious Summer Journal Internship of Sigma Tau Delta. According to Signma Tau Delata, starting May 15, she, alongside other interns, will undertake editorial responsibilities for accepted publications of Sigma Tau Delta Review, the organization's critical journal, and Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, its creative journal.


This accomplishment adds to Jett-Mills' extensive list of achievements. She recently served as the Spring 2024 Commencement Banner Bearer for the College of Arts & Sciences. Graduating with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, she also pursued minors in Communication Studies and Legal Studies.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she has earned TTU's Undergraduate Writing Certificate and gained experience as a copyediting intern for the TTU Press. Furthermore, she is the esteemed author and illustrator of The Adventures of Max children's book series and has contributed to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series on three separate occasions.

Pictured to the left is Baylie's favorite book, Little Women.

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Keeping Her Eyes on The Prize

The path to a Texas Tech diploma has not been easy for Hannah Nichols, but she never gave up, thanks to her young daughter. Nichols has secured a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas Tech University. After shouldering a 19-hour load this semester, she walked across the stage during the College of Arts & Sciences commencement ceremony on May 10.

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Hannah Nichols

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TTU Student's First-Authored Paper is Published by Physical Review Physics Education Research

Yaren Ulu

Department of Physics & Astronomy-- Yaren Ulu's first-authored paper titled "Metacognition and epistemic cognition in physics are related to physics identity through the mediation of physics self-efficacy" was published in Physical Review Physics Education Research. The study analyzed data from Turkish high school students. The findings observed relationships among physics self-efficacy, recognition, interest, and physics identity, aligning with similar patterns found in other contexts.


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TTU Student is Lead Analyst on Published Study

Niramay Gogate

Department of Physics & Astronomy-- A team of 21 young scientists with interdisciplinary backgrounds, including Niramay Gogate, recently published their study in Nature - Scientific Reports on "Conventional and frugal methods of estimating COVID‐19‐related excess deaths and undercount factors".  In this paper, they presented various methods for estimating mortality due to COVID-19 in Pune, and they further discussed how a simple crowd survey can be used to estimate these numbers, and the associated risks. The study was conducted as part of the JPF Analytics team, a dedicated organization to foster India's data culture. Gogate was one of the lead analysts and served as a research coordinator within the team during the paper review. 

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Cosmic Curiosity

Elizabeth Vera

Elizabeth Veraa is an aspiring astrophysicist. Her journey in physics reflects her passion for learning and growing love of research. She recently won a first-place award at the 2024 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics for her research poster. 

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Research Makes Her World Go ‘Round

Amaris McCarver

Texas Tech student Amaris McCarver received a prestigious award for her work in discovering a pulsar within a cluster of stars.

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