Bojowald awarded the Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement

Martin Bojowald, a Penn State associate professor of physics, has been selected to receive the 2011 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Science. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers reviews nominations and selects candidates.

Bojowald's research is focused on quantum gravity and cosmology using the loop-quantization approach developed primarily at Penn State. His work has revealed several candidates for observations of the indirect effects of quantum gravity. Bojowald also is interested in areas of mathematical physics, such as the theory of effective equations, dynamical coherent states for quantum systems, field theory, and Poisson geometry and its applications in gravity.

Bojowald's previous awards include a 2009 Teaching Award from Penn State's Society of Physics Students, a 2008 National Science Foundation Career Award, and the 2007 Vasilis Xanthopoulos Prize from the International Society for Gravitation and from the Foundation for Research and Technology -- one of Greece's largest research centers. In addition, Bojowald received the first-place prize in the Gravity Research Foundation's essay competition in 2003. He has published numerous scientific papers and has helped to organize several academic conferences. He has presented invited talks at universities and institutions in Austria, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has served on the editorial board for the journal General Relativity and Gravitation since 2006 and was a member of the board for the gravity section of the German Physical Society from 2004 to 2006.

Bojowald received a doctoral degree in 2000 and a bachelor's degree in 1998 from the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University (RWTH Aachen University) in Germany.



Last Updated March 21, 2011