Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Noemie B. Koller Scholarship

The Noemie B. Koller Scholarship is awarded annually to two Rutgers women physics majors who, in the judgment of the physics faculty, have demonstrated outstanding academic excellence. The scholarship was established by an anonymous donor in honor of Noemie B. Koller, who is a professor of physics at Rutgers. The scholarship winners are announced at the Departmental Awards Banquet in April, sponsored by the Rutgers Society of Physics Students .

A photograph of Prof. Koller is shown above.

Noemie B. Koller (1933-)

Biographical sketch contributed by Paul Leath

Noemie Benczer Koller was born in Vienna, Austria on August 21, 1933. She received her B.A. Degree from Barnard College in 1953, and her M.S. (1955) and Ph.D.(1958) Degree in experimental physics from Columbia University, New York, NY, where she continued as a postdoctoral research associate until 1960.

She joined the Rutgers Physics Department in the fall of 1960 as assistant professor, and was the first female assistant professor appointed to the faculty of Rutgers College, which then had an all-male student body. She received tenure in 1965, and thus also became the first woman ever to be promoted to tenure in the faculty of Rutgers College. At Rutgers she was a major member of the nuclear physics research group working on the tandem Van de Graaff accelerator, as well as an important condensed-matter physicist, performing experiments using the Mossbauer effect. She was later the Director of the Nuclear Physics Laboratory (1986-89).

She also served in the administration of the University as the Associate Dean for Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (1992-96), and was active in the American Physical Society (APS), serving on many national committees, and as Chair of the 2,500-member APS Nuclear Physics Division (1993-94). She is a fine teacher and mentor of students. She also is a strong supporter of and an outstanding role model for women in science. Rutgers Department of Physics & Astronomy has had, for many years, as many women on its faculty as any other physics department in the country, which is in no small part due to Noemie Koller's presence and leadership.

Winners of the Noemie B. Koller Scholarship

2001-02Violeta DimitrovaKristin Lamm  
2002-03Violeta DimitrovaRebecca Batorsky  
2003-04Aiyan LuNoelle Stanley  
2004-05Jennifer SirakElizabeth Tozour  
2005-06Elizabeth TozourKinga Partyka  
2006-07Kinga PartykaChristine Hsieh  
2007-08Irina VergalasovaJennifer Van Saders  
2008-09Jennifer Van SadersBrenna Krieger  
2009-10Kiersten RuisardSabrina Strauss  
2010-11Kiersten RuisardSamia Bouzid  
2011-12Helen JaniszewskiChristina Krawiec  
2012-13Margaret ZientekKatherine Sytwu  
2013-14Rebecca CebulkaAlexandra DeMaio Katherine Sytwu
2014-15Jaclyn BradliCorrine Deegan Alice Huang

Photographs from Awards Banquet

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Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Violeta Dimitrova (left) and Kristin Lamm (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 12, 2001.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Violeta Dimitrova (left) and Rebecca Batorsky (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 16, 2002.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Aiyan Lu (left) and Noelle Stanley (right) at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 22, 2003.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Elizabeth Tozour (left) and Jennifer Sirak (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 20, 2004.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Kinga Partyka (left) and Elizabeth Tozour (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 26, 2005.
Scholarship winners Kinga Partyka (left) and Christine Hsieh (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 18, 2006.
Scholarship winners Irina Vergalasova (left) and Jennifer Van Saders (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 24, 2007.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Jennifer Van_Saders (left) and Brenna Krieger (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 29, 2008.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Sabrina Strauss (left) and Kiersten Ruisard (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 21, 2009.
Scholarship winners Kiersten Ruisard (left) and Samia Bouzid (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 27, 2010.
Scholarship winners Helen Janiszewski (left) and Christina Krawiec (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 26, 2011.
Prof. Noemie Koller (middle) and scholarship winners Katherine Sytwu (left) and Margaret Zientek (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 17, 2012.
Scholarship winners Rebecca Cebulka (left), Alexandra DeMaio (middle), and Katherine Sytwu (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 23, 2013.
Scholarship winners Jaclyn Bradli (left), Corrine Deegan (middle), and Alice Huang (right). The award was presented at the Departmental Awards Banquet on April 22, 2014.

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