Undergraduate Awards

 

STANLEY WYATT MEMORIAL AWARD

The Stanley Wyatt Memorial Award is awarded annually to the graduating Astronomy major or minor with the most outstanding GPA and track record of undergraduate research.

PAST WYATT AWARD WINNERS

  • 2019: Jingyao Zhu
  • 2018: Alex Dittmann
  • 2017: John DeVries
  • 2016: Harshil Kamdar & Lizhong Zhang
  • 2015: Katrina Litke
  • 2014: Novarah Kazmi & Andrew Nadolski
  • 2013: Ben Magolan & Kaitlin Johnson
  • 2012: Adam M. Dempsey
  • 2011: Benjamin Montet
  • 2010: Matthew Miller
  • 2009: Aaron Hanks
  • 2008: Sandor Van Wassenhove
  • 2007: Catherine Grier
  • 2006: John J. Tobin
  • 2005: Thomas M. Spinka
  • 2004: Amy N. Bender
  • 2003: Randall Cooper

 

LAYLA SUZANNE RYAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Through the generosity of the Ryan family, the Layla Suzanne Ryan Scholarship was founded in 2007.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who:

  • Is a Junior or Senior major or minor in Astronomy with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Exhibits community service participation
  • Preference is given to a female student of minority descent

Department of Astronomy will select a recipient based on a competitive application process, and the award will be presented at LAS Honors Convocation at the end of the spring semester.

ABOUT THE LAYLA S. RYAN SCHOLARSHIP:

Layla S. Ryan was a very inquisitive, analytical young woman.  She felt at home studying astronomy and physics at Illinois.  Layla immensely enjoyed the Astronomy program at Illinois along with the faculty members and peers.   She found her place volunteering and especially tutoring. She was insistent on making the world a better place.  Layla volunteered in her community to share her knowledge of the field with others.  Her goals included fostering the love of the sciences in young people.  Outside the classroom, Layla was a fierce competitor and avid photographer.  She played golf well knowing her limitations and using them to her advantage.  Her photographs both of nature and the galaxy captured the essence of her subject.

The Ryan family created this award to honor Layla and her dream of instilling passion for it in others.   Layla’s legacy lives on through this award and through the Layla S. Ryan Scholars.

LAYLA S. RYAN SCHOLARS

  • 2019: Lina Florez
  • 2018: Sidney Lower
  • 2017: Anna Kofman
  • 2016: not awarded
  • 2015: Katrina Litke
  • 2014: Katrina Litke
  • 2013: Mallory Conlon
  • 2011: Joanna Bridge
  • 2010: Coralie Jackman
  • 2009: Jennifer Ginter
  • 2008: Emily Sieracki