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Kevin Seltzer wins APS LeRoy Apker Award
Kevin Seltzer, Loyola University Maryland graduate and Sigma Pi Sigma ‘13, won the American Physical Society’s LeRoy Apker Award, a $5,000 undergraduate physics achievement award to recognize outstanding physics research. The award was presented at the American Physical Society April Meeting in 2015. In addition to Seltzer’s monetary reward, Loyola’s physics department will also receive $5,000 to support undergraduate physics research.
Seltzer, a physics and mathematics double major, was awarded for his work on the Casimir effect as a Hauber Fellow in the summers of 2011 and 2012. The Casimir effect is an attractive force experienced by two uncharged metal plates when they are placed extremely close together. Casimir effect research is critical to ensuring that components of nanotechnology are structurally sound.
“The award is very competitive and the other finalists were all doing great research. I was honestly shocked when I found out that I won — it was anyone’s game, so to speak,” said Seltzer.