COLLEGE PARK, April 26: Dr. Adhikarimayum Surjalal Sharma has won the inaugural College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) Distinguished Research Scientist Prize at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). This award carries a prize of $5,000.
Dr. Surjalal will receive the prize from Dean Halperin on May 16, 2011 and deliver the CMNS Distinguished Prize Lecture at 5 pm on May 16 2011 in CSS 2400. The prize lecture will be followed by a reception.
Dr. Surjalal has been mentoring a Walt Whitman High School student, Julia Cline, who has been interning with Surja and UMD’s space physics group. She and her project “The Magnetosphere as a Complex Network” won the Grand (ISEF) Prize in Earth & Space Sciences at the recent Science Montgomery Fair, one of the biggest science fairs in the country. This gives her one of the county’s four berths at the big Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles.
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