Friends of Caltech Libraries Awards Senior Thesis Prize at Alumni House Reception

Friends of Caltech Libraries Awards Senior Thesis Prize at Alumni House Reception

Eva Nichols and Kim Douglas

PASADENA, Calif.—Eva M. Nichols was awarded this year’s Senior Thesis Prize by the Friends of the Caltech Libraries for her paper, “Structure and Reactivity of Copper Dipyridyl Carbinol- and Rhenium Diphosphine Complexes.” Ms. Nichol’s faculty advisors were Chemistry Professors Theo Agapie and Douglas Rees.

The prize was awarded by Kimberly Douglas, University Librarian, on behalf of the Friends of the Caltech Libraries. Among the two finalists, Nichol’s thesis was selected for clear evidence of excellence in writing, extensive and effective use of bibliographic materials and library research tools along with comprehensive exploration and examination of the research question. She cited a reviewer’s comment that “this level of independent research and scholarship is rarely observed at the undergraduate level.”

In addition, Robert Karol was also recognized as a finalist whose thesis, “Peak Seeking Controller for Real Time Mobile Satellite Tracking,” was written under the direction of Control and Dynamical System’s Professor Richard Murray and alumnus, Gunnar Ristroph of IJK Controls. Karol’s work has been accepted for presentation at the prestigious SPIE, International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2012 Conference on Defense, Security + Sensing held in Baltimore.

The Senior Thesis Prize was established in 2010 in order to recognize exceptional senior theses that represent exemplary research and effective use of library resources. All nominees were recognized for their excellent work and the prize was awarded at a reception at Alumni House on Monday, May 30th, with alumni, Friends of the Caltech Libraries, library staff, faculty, and Melany Hunt, Vice Provost, present. The reception was hosted by University Librarian, Kimberly Douglas.

The $1,200 prize is accompanied by a citation and is included in the Commencement program.

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