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April 2001

Release Date: April 5, 2001

ASU Student Receives Research Grant from Sigma Xi

An Angelo State University student has been awarded a $700 research grant by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, to work on a physics research project.

Stephen J. Raif, a senior physics major from San Angelo, received the grant in support of his research project title "Frequency Stabilization of a 780mm Diode Laser."

The research attempts to create a stable frequency reference for atomic physics research. The research will be supervised by Dr. David L. Bixler, assistant professor of physics at ASU.

Sigma Xi's Grants in Aid of Research Program has fostered original student investigation in all areas of science and engineering. Raif's application was one of almost 1,000 reviewed by the review committee. Less than 35 percent of the applicants received full or partial funding for their projects. Applications were submitted from all 50 states and 18 countries.

Founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers, Sigma Xi is an independent, non-profit research society with more than 75,000 members.

Raif is the son of Robert and Nancy Raif of San Angelo.

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