Luminita Todor, a fourth-year graduate student from Romania, has been selected to receive the 1999 Luise Meyer-Schutzmeister Memorial Award by the Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation.
The award, created for female graduate students in physics, is determined by a national competition. It is believed to be the only national award given specifically to an outstanding woman who is a graduate-level physics student. The award carries a small cash prize.
Gail Dodge, assistant professor of physics, won the award as a graduate student at Stanford. Todor is also in the second year of a SURA Graduate Fellowship, awarded competitively to students from major universities south of Maryland and east of Texas.
Todor, who completed undergraduate studies in her homeland, is nearing completion of her doctoral dissertation in experimental nuclear physics. She also serves as an assistant in a federally funded Old Dominion project, "From Quarks to Nuclei."
Todor's husband, Dorin, is also a doctoral graduate student in physics at Old Dominion.