The first day of the fall semester was marked by the Pi2 Summer Symposium, where undergraduate scholars from the Pi2 Summer Scholars Program presented their research posters to faculty, donors, and students. Held on August 23, the symposium was the capstone event for the 10 undergraduate scholars that spent the summer months conducting research alongside a graduate student on a topic they expressed interest in.
Chair James Analytis and Pi2 faculty lead Feng Wang gave opening and closing remarks respectively, and topics presented include ion diffusion in 2D devices, spectroscopy of Atomic Ruthenium, topological superconductivity, and more. Awards for best poster presentation at the symposium were presented to Tobias Scott, Kian Jansepar, and Jaden Hoechstetter, pictured in the photo on the far right, above.
The Pi2 Summer Scholars Program, part of the Physics Innovators Initiative (Pi2), emphasizes mentorship by pairing undergraduates with graduate mentors that provide guidance on conducting research in their area of interest and developing as a physicist. The program also supports scholars with a summer stipend, made possible by the generous support of Berkeley Physics donors. The Pi2 Summer Scholars Program will also be held in 2022.
The Symposium followed campus protocol for masks, as per CDC guidelines.