The prize is awarded to the best research paper in a physics or
astronomy peer reviewed journal published during the previous academic
year by a graduate student. Jesus is currently a graduate student in Professor Gundlach's research group.
The Daicar-Bata Prizes serve to recognize and support achievement
excellence and to advance the physics graduate program to a higher level
of academic and research performance,” said Jim MacDonald, professor of
physics and astronomy and director of the Physics Graduate Program.
MacDonald added, “Each recipient receives a $2,500 prize and a certificate of recognition.”
The Daicar-Bata Fund was established in 1992 in honor of Otto Daicar
and to commemorate his lifetime contributions throughout the world as an
individual and as a senior executive at the Bata Shoe Corporation.
Eva Daicar, daughter of Otto Daicar, introduced the prizes and
underscored his commitment to quality. “My father was an inspiring
leader with a strong moral compass who turned visions into reality and
created work atmospheres which fueled performance excellence,” she said.
The initial donation for the fund came from the Bata Corporation
and the Daicar and Glyde families, and the remainder was raised from
the alumni of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and matching funds
from the University of Delaware.