Tang wins Dr. Leonard F. Burlaga Fellowship
Xiangwei Tang is originally from China. Her research focuses on observations of magnetic field reconnection at the Earth's dayside magnetopause and the associated plasma waves using data from Polar, Cluster and THEMIS satellites. Her advisor is Cynthia Cattell. Xiangwei plans to use the award money to fund a statistical study of the roles of waves in magnetopause reconnection using THEMIS data this summer.
|A student at work in the Spintronics Research group.|
|photo by Alex Schumann|
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