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Skadron Awards in Computational Physics

The ISU Physics Department's Skadron Awards in Computational Physics are named for emeritus department chair, Professor George Skadron. It was Dr. Skadron's vision and effort that initiated the computational physics program at ISU. A scholarship fund in his honor supports both the Skadron Awards (for classroom and research excellence) and the Skadron Prize. The prize is awarded annually based on a physics computer simulation competition. The particular problem to be simulated changes each year, and is designed to highlight the many methods and applications of computer-based physics.

#### Skadron Computational Physics Award for Research

**2018**Jonathan E. Unger

**2017**Torrey A. Saxton

**2016**Samantha Norris

**2015**Thomas Esposito and Samantha Norris

**2014**Quinton M. Skilling

**2013**Matthew R. Ware

**2012**Ben T. Shields

**2011**Ben T. Shields

**2010**Matthew R. Ware

**2009**Emily R. Gospodarczyk

**2008**Matthew Norton

**2007**Brian J. Vlcek

**2006**Nicholas J. Jurasek

**2005**Matthew E. Narter

**2004**Peter J. Peverly

**2003**Tyson R. Shepherd

**2002**Robert E. Wagner

**2001**Peter J. Peverly

**2000**Robert E. Wagner

**1999**Joshua W. Braun

**1998**Jennifer R. Csesznegi

#### Skadron Computational Physics Award for Class Achievement

**2018**Phillip J. Kovarik

**2017**Jonathan E. Unger

**2016**Sean D. Fayfar

**2015**Samantha Norris

**2014**Derek J. Jennings

**2013**Derek J. Jennings

**2012**Andrew Vikartofsky

**2011**James M. Becker and Joseph Trimble

**2010**Samuel L. Krueger

**2009**R.J. Linton

**2008**Samuel Krueger, Erin Lindsey, Ryan Rappa

**2007**Matthew S. Norton

**2006**Joshua Bradford

**2005**Nathaniel G.Nutter

**2004**Peter J. Peverly

**2003**Alllen F. Lewis

**2002**Jonathan D. Andreasen and Tyson Shepherd

**2001**Robert E. Wagner and Marek M. Jacobs

**2000**Edward J. Davis and Louis A. Littel

**1999**Joshua W. Braun, Bryron C. Musser, Jaciej Stypik and Nathan E. Tovo

#### Skadron Computational Physics Award for Service

**2018**None

**2017**Creighton Lisowski

**2016**None

**2015**None

**2014**Andrew T. Steinacher

**2013**None

**2012**Samuel L. Krueger

**2011**None

**2010**Ryan J. Linton and David T. Wischhusen

**2009**None

**2008**James Kristoff

**2007**Amy E. Erxleben

**2006**Nathaniel G. Nutter

**2005**Vikram Jhaveri

**2004**None

**2003**Daniel L. Sherman

**2002**Tyson R. Shepherd

**2001**None

**2000**Peter J. Peverly

**1999**Rebecca L. Braynard, Joshua Matsko and Herman D. Restrepo

**1998**Jason Csesznegi and Mark S. Zimmerle

#### Skadron Prize Competition

**2018**
(Psycho-guessing) - Mathematica notebook (download)

1st prize: Reid D. Gramm

2nd prize: Santiago Pinto

**2017**
(Catch Me) - Mathematica notebook (download)

1st prize (tie): Noah Osman & Santiago Pinto

**2016**
(Win the Election) - Mathematica notebook (download)

1st prize: Sean D. Fayfar

2nd prize: Andrew L. Eggers

**2015**
(1234or5) - Mathematica notebook (download)

1st prize: Samantha Norris

2nd prize: James Turley

**2014** (eRodeo) - Mathematica notebook (download)

1st prize: Andrew T. Steinacher

2nd prize: Quinton M. Skilling

**2013** (Longest Tiles Game) - Mathematica notebook (download)

1st prize: Andrew T. Steinacher

2nd prize: William D. Heidorn

**2012** (Minimize to Remember)

1st prize: Matthew R. Ware

2nd prize: Samuel L. Krueger

**2011** (Snowboarding Down A Ski Trail)

1st prize: Matthew R. Ware

2nd prize: Andrew Gillespie

**2010** (Snowboarding Down A Slope)

1st prize: James Kristoff

2nd prize: Matthew R. Ware

**2009** (Packed in a Glassy Structure)

1st prize: Issac Goodin

2nd prize: Andrew Gillespie and Ryan J. Linton

**2008** (Sumo Wrestling Championship)

1st prize: Andrew Gillespie

2nd prize: Ryan Rappa

**2007** (Tug of War Championship)

1st Prize: Michael P. Morrissey and Brian J. Vlcek

2nd Prize: James Kristoff

**2006** (Sliding Bead Race)

1st Prize: Nicholas J. Jurasek

2nd Prize: Kareem C. Carr

**2005** (Stock Trading By Computer 2)

1st Prize: Nicholas J. Jurasek

2nd Prize: David E. Sweeney

**2004** (Stock Trading By Computer 1)

1st Prize: Peter J. Peverly

2nd Prize: David E. Sweeney and Nicholas J. Jurasek

**2003** (Catch an atom if you can!)

1st Prize: Jonathan D. Andreasen

2nd Prize: Kareem C. Carr and Daniel L. Sherman

**2002** (The lower, the better)

1st Prize: Robert E. Wagner

2nd Prize: Toby C. Hoover

**2001** (The faster, the better)

1st Prize: Robert E. Wagner

2nd Prize: Jonathan D. Andreasen and Louis A. Littell

**1999** (Computer Golf Putting Championship)

1st Prize: Alexander Bergquist

2nd Prize: Peter J. Peverly

**1998** (Computer Controlled Seasaw)

1st Prize: Robert W. Wagner

2nd Prize: Brian L. Mavity