This student spotlight is on Raul Irvin Palomares! Raul is the 2018 recipient of the departments PhD Graduate Student Award and the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s 2018 Extraordinary Professional Promise Award. As a graduate student, Raul has published 10 peer-review journal articles (4 as first author) in his research area of materials under extreme conditions, including radiation effects in materials. He has presented at 14 conferences and technical meetings including two oral presentations at international conferences in Germany and in New Zealand. Raul earned Best Presentation awards at both the 20th International Conference on Ion Beam Materials & Modifications and at the 16th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering. Raul also presented as an invited speaker at the 2017 Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) conference.