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Per Adamson

Date: October 29, 2013
Nominated by: Robert Clark

Accomplishment: Feedback shared from a prospective student who attended Engineering Day at the UR showed that he was enamored with the optics presentation and asked to meet with someone about programs in optics. Julie spent 1-on-1 time with the student.

Benefit to the Hajim School: Optics had not been on his radar screen – but now he is applying early decision to UR with plans to study optics. Julie's excitement about her profession and willingness to spend the time with just one prospective student puts a great face on our Hajim School programs.

Date: August 28, 2013
Nominated by: Lori Russell

Accomplishment: Per, along with a graduate student, distributed ice cream novelties to incoming freshmen. Per met the students and their parents in park lot, while they waited in their cars to be processed for moving in. Per distributed the ice cream on behalf of the Institute of Optics.

Benefit to the Hajim School: Per's action demonstrates Meliora, ever better! Incoming students and their parents were met with a warm welcome and a nice surprise on a rather humid day. Not to mention, optics may have recruited a few more students for the major!

Date: June 30, 2013
Nominated by: Daniel Smith

Accomplishment: During the week of June 24, the Institute of Optics held its first “Photon Camp” for high school students. Per's dedication, initiative and outstanding work ethic was a key ingredient in the success of the camp. Per personally developed over 15 separate lab activities introducing the students to both academic and career opportunities in optics. As a result of his stellar efforts, 100% of our campers indicated that they are now much more familiar with this cutting edge field. Additionally, he served as chief advisor and “troubleshooter” while the students developed their capstone projects. If there was an issue or unknown variable in the lab, Per was quickly able to resolve it and keep the campers on track. Per's unwavering devotion to the Institute and the HSEAS make him most deserving of this recognition.

Benefit to the Hajim School: At the end of Photon Camp at least three students indicated that they now are considering studying engineering at UR. Per's labs were a crucial component in the successful “marketing” of HSEAS as a cutting edge location to study. Having such academically talented students apply to HSEAS as a result of Photon Camp directly benefits us.

Date: May 2, 2013
Nominated by: Xi-Cheng Zhang

Accomplishment: Inspiring local home-schooled high school and McQuaid students by hosting a visit on campus May 14, 2013. Per Adamson and Brian McIntyre, led the students and their teachers through a variety of optics and science presentations, expanding their educational frame of reference, appreciation of science, and providing an in-house introduction to the opportunities available at the University of Rochester.

Benefit to the Hajim School: Acting as a volunteer ambassador for the University of Rochester, and especially the Hajim School, Per's activities provide inspiration to students to pursue math and science, and motivates future potential alumni of the UR. The benefit of planting seeds at this age cannot be underestimated. Hajim SEAS reaps benefits from Per's outreach based on his experience and expertise as director of the teaching labs at the Institute of Optics.