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Dr. Kingshuk Majumdar Receives $22k Grant

Dr. Kingshuk Majumdar, assistant professor of physics at Berea College is the recipient of two major awards for physics research and study.

Dr. Kingshuk Majumdar, assistant professor of physics

The Cottrell College Research Award of more than $22,000 will support Majumdar’s research project “Study of vortex deconfinement in condensed matter physics.” The grant is one of 38 awards made to scientists at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada by Research Corporation, a foundation for the advancement of science. The grant will support two summers of research for Majumdar and two students in Berea’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects program.

Through the Cottrell Science Awards, faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions are challenged to explore new areas of science and to make new discoveries that contribute to their discipline. A key element in these research programs is that they involve undergraduate students in meaningful ways. It is also expected that these endeavors will spill over into teaching, raising the quality of undergraduate education.

Majumdar also was named a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar. The award will fund travel and study over a three year period at the Kavli Institute, located at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he will work with others on current problems of interest. Majumdar was one of seven theoretical physicists chosen from institutions nation-wide.

The KITP is one of the premier physics research facilities in the world. Institute director David Gross is one of the recipients of the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics, for work on quarks and quantum chromodynamics.

“The awards reflect the skill and knowledge that Kingshuk possesses and the level of work that he does on current problems in theoretical physics,” said Dr. Smith T. Powell, professor of physics at Berea since 1970. “He is already involving students in his research and is eager to involve them in future research. We are fortunate to have Kingshuk working with us.”

Majumdar joined the Berea faculty in 2000. He earned a B.S. from Presidency College, a M.S. from the University of Calcutta, and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

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