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  • SRC 2009 Summer Research Students

    SRC is excited to welcome eight undergraduates to the facility to do research during the summer. Seven of the students are part of the SRC-REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program. This year will mark the eighth year of the SRC-REU, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and allows students to work for ten weeks on a research project. One of the students is funded through the GOALI program (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry).

    This years students are listed below along with the project they will pursue during the summer: Michaela Allen (GOALI) who majors in physics at Xavier University in Louisiana will work with Bob Legg of SRC and Niowave on the design and proposed fabrication of the electron gun for the Wisconsin Free Electron Laser; Kelly Collins who majors in physics and math at the University of Evansville in Indiana will work with SRC scientist Ralf Wehlitz and his graduate student Tim Hartman on a project focusing on the multiple ionization of atoms and molecules by photon impact; Rosa Martinez who majors in chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico will work with Carol Hirschmugl from UW Milwaukee along with her post-doc Michael Nasse, visiting intern Camilla Olivieri, and SRC infrared expert Bob Julian on a project looking at infrared microscopy studies in cell biology; Nirav Shilat who majors in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Maryland is also working with the Hirschmugl group; Casey Sanchez who majors in physics and math at California State University—Fullerton will work with SRC scientist Hartmut Höchst and his graduate student Richard Hatch on a project examining the electronic structure of organic thin film semiconductors; Eric Verbeten who majors in history of science at the University of Wisconsin is working with the SRC Education and Outreach Group, SRC director Joe Bisognano, and UW history of science professor Richard Staley on a project tracing the history of SRC over the past 40 years; Disa Walden who majors in physics and mechanical engineering at Valparaiso University (IN) is working with SRC accelerator physicist Ken Jacobs on studies of the physics of free electron lasers (FELs); and, finally, Kendrick Williams who majors in physics at Xavier University (LA) is working with University of Wisconsin engineering professor Leon Shohet studying applications of VUV radiation on silicon wafers.

    Pictured left to right: Michaela Allen, Casey Sanchez, Rosa Martinez, Eric Verbeten, Kelly Collins, Nirav Shelat, Disa Walden, Kendrick Williams