Janet Seger, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University was recently awarded the 2011 American Physics Society Award for Faculty Working with Undergraduate Researchers. This award is given annually to a physicist whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to physics and who has contributed substantially to the professional development of undergraduate physics students.
Dr. Seger's research focus, supported by the Department of Education (DoE) and the Nebraska’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), is the study of ultra-peripheral heavy ion collisions. These collisions, where the impact parameters are large enough that long-range electromagnetic interactions dominate, allow the study of photon-induced interactions in a nuclear environment. Dr. Seger has actively involved undergraduates, including several non-physics majors, in the study of ultra-peripheral collisions at STAR, a group studying the formation and characteristics of quark-gluon plasma. Her students also routinely present their work at national conferences.
The prize consists of a $5,000 stipend to the prize recipient and a separate $5,000 unrestricted grant for research to the prize recipient's institution. The prize was established in 1984 by a grant from the Research Corporation, a private foundation for the advancement of science and technology.