Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe, friends and colleagues established the Jayanth R. Banavar Endowed Graduate Award for Excellence in Physics Research in May 2017 to provide merit-based awards for outstanding graduate students in the Department of Physics. Preference goes to those doing interdisciplinary research on natural phenomena.
Jayanth Banavar served as dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences from 2011 to 2017. To honor his service, Elizabeth Iribe, members of the CMNS Board of Visitors and members of UMD's Board of Trustees created this award to support the kind of interdisciplinary physics research that he studied throughout his career.
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