October 24, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Paneru Awarded Vishwa S. Shukla Memorial Scholarship

Som Nath Paneru, portrait

Som Nath Paneru

Som Nath Paneru, an Ohio University doctoral student in Physics & Astronomy, is one of two recipients of the 2019-20 Vishwa S. Shukla Memorial Scholarship from the College of Arts & Sciences.

The scholarship is designated for an outstanding graduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences who is a citizen of Nepal.

The $1,300 award per student may be used for any academic expense such as conference travel or research supplies.

While under the direction of Dr. Carl Brune, Paneru has authored or co-authored four academic publications. He studies the elastic scattering measurements relevant to solar neutrino physics. Solar neutrino physics involves the measurement and the theoretical predictions of the neutrinos flux produced from the sun.

“The reactions I am studying have a key role in solar neutrino physics as well as in big bang nucleosynthesis,” said Paneru. “The elastic scattering measurements at low energies with precision will help to determine specific neutrinos flux coming out from our Sun with fewer uncertainties. I am very excited receiving this award and has encouraged me to work further into my research.”

Awarded annually, the scholarship honors the late Vishwa S. Shukla, a professor of Economics at OHIO from 1966 to 1996. Once serving as the Secretary of Industry and Commerce in Nepal’s first democratically elected government from 1959 to 1961, Shukla took part in trade and treaty agreements with China and India. Shukla entered the United States to pursue higher education as a Fulbright Scholar.

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