Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Allan Blaer Outreach Award!

June 01, 2023

Columbia Physics and the CDI Committee is delighted to announce this year's recipients of the 2023 Allan Blaer Outreach Award: Colin Adams and Ceaser Stringfield!

These annual awards are made to undergraduate students, graduate students or postdocs in the Columbia and Barnard Physics and Applied Physics Departments for outstanding efforts in education and public outreach involving underserved communities and/or efforts to increase diversity in the physics department community.  The award is named after Allan Blaer, Professor Emeritus, longstanding director of undergraduate studies and the Columbia University Science Honors Program, and an exceptional and passionate teacher.

Colin Adams is recognized for his numerous contributions and years of service to DEI initiatives in the physics departments at Barnard and Columbia. He has played a leading role in the Community Round Table discussion series, was central in organizing the Nevis Retreat, and was an experiment leader at Girls' Science Day. He is also recognized as a representative of the department at APS IDEA and AIP Team-up, and for his continued advocacy for and support of change in the department.

Ceaser Stringfield is recognized for his numerous contributions to DEI and community-building efforts, particularly for undergraduates in physics. He has a leading role in SPECTRA, including time spent supporting Snack&Solve, PSP and other outreach programs. He is also recognized for his work advocating for student interests as a member of the CDI and the countless hours he volunteers to DEI, community and social initiatives around the department.