Maria Stefaniak wins the Chasman 2021 award!

Maria Stefaniak

Maria Stefaniak

Maria Stefaniak, PhD student at the Faculty of Physics of the Warsaw University of Technology, together with Mikaela Dunkin (Stony Brook University) became laureates of the Renate W. Chasman 2021, awarded by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS)

Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) has named Maria Stefaniak and Mikaela Dunkin the 2021 recipients of the Renate W. Chasman Award. The award ceremony is Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 1 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually (see below for information on how to join). All are invited.

The Chasman Award encourages women to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields and honors the memory and scientific contributions of Renate Chasman (1932-1977), a noted physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her work influenced the design of particle accelerators around the world, including Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and its successor, NSLS-II.

Stefaniak and Dunkin will each receive $2,750. This year’s awards are funded by Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), the company that operates Brookhaven Lab on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as generous contributions from the Nuclear and Particle Physics (NPP) Directorate, NSLS-II Users Executive Committee, Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users Executive Committee, the Long Island Section of the American Nuclear Society (LIANS), and a private anonymous donor.

Maria Stefaniak was born in Poland and graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science at Warsaw University of Technology (WUT). She is doing her doctoral studies in the frame of the double-diploma BGF Cotutelle program at WUT and Subatech-IMT Atlantique in France.

Stefaniak’s research focuses on the studies of properties of strongly interacting matter and its transition between the quark gluon plasma (QGP) and the gas state. One of the methods to access such extreme conditions is examining the matter created in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions, which can be obtained during experiments at Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) Solenoidal Tracker, also known as “STAR.”

The STAR detector specializes in tracking the thousands of particles produced by each ion-ion collision at RHIC. It is used to search for signatures of QGP.

In her research, she studies the interdependencies between two collective flow effects: elliptic v2 and triangular flow v3. These are the observables characterizing the shape and dynamics of expanding matter. Stefaniak observes the increasing differences between protons’ and antiprotons’ v3 with the decrease of the collision energy. She performs various experimental tests of the proposed theoretical scenarios to explain differences between the flow of particles and antiparticles. This unique research provides a substantial reference for the theoretical studies of expanding matter.

“I am highly grateful to my supervisor Professor Hanna Zbroszczyk for being a role model as a woman and a scientist, and for all her support not only in my studies but also in many difficult situations I had to face during the last eight years,” Stefaniak said.

Stefaniak is also engaged in multiple scientific projects in cooperation with institutions worldwide and was elected to become one of three STAR Junior Representatives.

In addition to teaching and popularizing science, Stefaniak is an avid rower and experienced sailor. She was the second officer on the tall ship STS Fryderyk Chopin and has sailed twice across the Atlantic Ocean with the Blue School Foundation.

We cordially invite you to participate in the Awards Ceremony, where MSc. Maria Stefaniak will present her scientific activity.

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