Ray F. Tipsword Graduate Scholarship
Professor Ray Fenton Tipsword (Sept. 9, 1931 - Dec. 4, 2009) grew up on a Southern Illinois farm
and went to college at East Illinois State getting his B.S. in 1953,
and went on to Southern Illinois to earn his M.S. in 1957. He majored in Physics.
On active duty, after graduation, he served with the U.S. Army in the occupation of Korea.
After his military service obligation was completed he briefly
taught Physics at the University of Missouri at Rolla.
Ray and his family then moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he began work in magnetic
resonance under Professor Moulton at the University of Alabama.
In 1963 he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama and looked
for a faculty position to teach Physics.
Ray accepted the offer of an Assistant Professorship here in the Physics
Department at Virginia Tech in 1964 and remained on the faculty until 1991.
He was a very dedicated
and popular teacher and was honored with the Certificate for Excellence
in Teaching for three consecutive years (1973-1976).
In 1986 he was nominated (by students, alumni, and faculty within the College of
Arts and Sciences) for and received the William E. Wine award.
This award recognizes dedication and excellence in teaching.
He developed a successful research program in
quadrupole magnetic resonance
and was advisor to eight graduate students who successfully completed their Ph.D.'s.
From 1979-80 he served as acting department head,
and for most of his nearly three decades of tenure with the department
he chaired the shop committee and had a major influence on the development
of our Machine and Electronics shops.
In 1991, on the eve of Professor Tipsword's Retirement from the Department
of Physics, the Tipsword family decided to set up a graduate scholarship
in honor of his lifelong efforts and to recognize graduate students
who excel and are promising future physicists.
Established in 1992, the Ray F. Tipsword Graduate Scholarship is
a one-time award given to a doctoral candidate
whose dissertation research has been established to be in the area of
condensed-matter physics, optics, or statistical physics.
2013 Shaola Ren
2012 Lingling Xu, Yao Zhang
2011 Qian He, Shaola Ren
2010 Chalongrat Daengngam, Martin Rudolph
2009 Larry Cook
2008 Sameer Arabasi
2007 Kai Chen, Tao Jia
2006 Kanokwan Nontapot
2005 Anamika Gopal
2004 Edward Lyman
2003 Thomas Bullard
2002 Martin Drees
2001 Robert J. Astalos
2000 Prapong Klysubun
1999 Sathon Vijarnwannaluk
1998 Wantana Songprakob
1996 Daniela Marciu
1995 Reinaldo Jose Gonzalez