Undergraduate Student Successes

Awards received by UAlbany physics majors:

  • Emily Mangus, 2018, Presidential Award for Undergraduate research
  • Nicole Wallack, 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence
  • Ali Chaudry, 2011 Provost's Award in Undergraduate Research

Many undergraduate students involved in research publish their work before graduation.



In the last few years several UAlbany physics majors successfully completed REU (or Internship) programs:

  • Soeun Bang (2022-23, Center for Internet Security)
  • Soeun Bang (2022, IBM)
  • Kelly Nagel (2021, U Albany)
  • Mary Fucci (2021, Brookhaven National Laboratory)
  • Caroline Corona (2021, Sustainable energy research, Iceland)
  • Santiago Vargas (2020, Columbia)
  • Justin Picket (2019, Boston University)
  • Gilian Thompson (2019, (Software) automations specialist (TD Bank))
  • Michael Dolce (2016, 2017, Brookhaven National Lab)
  • Ashley Chontos (2015, Stanford University)
  • Nicole Wallack (2015, Cornell University)
  • Nicole Wallack (2013, 2014, American Museum of Natural History)
  • Thomas Yocono (2014, Stony Brook University)
  • Eric Dohner (2013, University at Albany)
  • Carisa Miller (2013, University of Washington)
  • Steven Young (2013, University of Wisconsin)
  • April Jeffries (2011, University of Nevada)
  • Maggie Lovell (2010,2011, National Institute of Standards and Technology)



In the last few years several graduates of the UAlbany Physics Department entered graduate school:


  • Henry Ashley (U Albany)
  • Santiago Vargas-Daniels (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Kelly Nagel (U Maryland, College Park)


  • Dylan Van Allen (Syracuse University)
  • George Homenides (U. of Alabama)
  • Caroline Corona (U. of Iceland)


  • Carli Pelletier (Indiana University)
  • Justin Pickett (The Ohio State University)


  • Andrew Knutson (U Albany)
  • Erik Trippi (U Albany)


  • Shane Carney (U Albany)
  • Emily Flanagan (Brandeis)


  • Yujia Huang (UT Southwestern Medical Center)


  • John McFarland (Florida State)
  • Michael Dolce (Tufts)
  • Udit Gupta (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)


  • Bertrand Carado (University at Albany)
  • Ashley Chontos (University of Hawaii)
  • Jack Genovesi (SD School of Mines)
  • Nicole Wallack (Caltech)


  • Nick Carrara (University at Albany)
  • Xinzhong Chen (Stony Brook University)
  • Eric Dohner (University at Albany)
  • Ryan Hood (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Thomas Yocono (Stony Brook University)


  • Sam Agnello (University of Rochester)
  • Anneliese Antonucci (Ohio State University)
  • Carisa Miller (University of North Carolina)
  • Chris Myers (University at Albany)
  • Cody Schlafer (North Carolina State University)
  • Steven Young (University at Albany)
  • Yexin Zheng (Polymer Science, University of Akron)


  • Daniil Gladkov (University of Oregon)
  • David Jenkins (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Ryan Richards (Stony Brook University)
  • Zachary Richards (University at Albany)
  • Stephanie Racz (University at Albany)
  • Seth Shapiro (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Jared Spaulding (University at Albany)
  • Vicky Tang (University at Albany)


  • Troy Broderick (University at Albany)
  • Kate Burleson-Lesser (CUNY)
  • Christopher Coronel (SUNY Binghampton)
  • April Jeffries (Arizona State University)
  • Jessica Kim (University at Albany)
  • Mathew Wright (University at Albany)
  • Kevin Wynne (University at Albany)



Non-academic jobs:

(This is an incomplete list, and will keep updating it as best we can. It is mainly intended to show the variety of jobs one can get after a Physics BS. - more information can be found here)

  •   Josh Martin, 2021, TikTok tutor
  •   Gilian Thompson, 2019, (Software) automations specialist (TD Bank)
  •   Emily Mangus, 2018, Optical Engineer, Northrop Grumman
  •   Madison Wyman, 2018, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
  •   Sean Fallon, 2015, Physics software and hardware developer, Bristol Instruments


*We try to keep this page as complete as possible, but names do get missed