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Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professors

2016 Professorships


Swapan Chattopadhyay

Swapan Chattopadhyay

Department of Physics


Omar Chmaissem

Omar Chmaissem

Department of Physics


Learn from scientists at the top of their game

Students who are looking to study under leading-edge scientists have plenty of options at NIU, including a pair of physicists whose research might accurately be described as “super cool.”

Swapan Chattopadhyay is leading efforts to develop “cool electron beams,” while Omar Chmaissem explores areas of magnetism and superconductivity—a property of zero electrical resistance found in some materials at very low absolute temperatures.

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Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships (PRSAP), formerly known as the Presidential Research Professorship, is NIU’s top recognition for outstanding research or artistry. The award has been given out annually since 1982 in recognition and support of NIU’s research and artistic mission. Award winners receive special financial support of their research for four years, after which they carry the title of Distinguished Research Professor.