A group of students and faculty attended the 23rd Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, USA.
This event, held every year, is designed to give undergraduate students exposure to professional research activities. Students may propose research topics to present at the conference, or, if they like, they may just attend without presenting.
On Friday morning, we went to Argonne. The conference started at 9:00 A.M., at which time we heard the first keynote address. The symposium always begins and ends with a keynote address about some issue in science, but explained in a way that undergraduate students can follow.
The first address was "The Adventures of a Nuclear Chemist" by Mary Anne Yates, Senior Advisor and Senior Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory. This talk explained the wide range of opportunities in science and how to identify good choices and the importance of having a mentor in finding a path to success.
After this talk, the symposium divided itself into different sessions--some starting immediately, others starting after lunch--pertaining to different areas of science.
Following was the lineup from NMU:
ASTROPHYSICS, ATOMIC/NUCLEAR PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS AND GEOPHYSICS
"Analyzing Time Data for the EBEX Experiement"
Elizabeth C. Butler, Shaul Hanany, Michael Milligan
"Time-of-Flight and Position Dispersion in Different Configurations of Plastic Scintillator Detector"
Daniel J. Wilbern, supervised by Associate Professor William L. Tireman
"Experimental Identification of Transmission Band Shifts for Liquid-Filled, Hollow Core Photonic Crystal Fibers Due to Refractive Index Scaling"
Cassandra K. Hastings, Aaron Laursen, Phillippe Delaye
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
"Modtalk, A Compiled Smalltalk Variant"
Joshua Fridstrom, Kurt Kilpela, supervised by Instructor John Sarkela
Closing remarks were presented by Uwe Hansen, Ph.D., Executive Director of Central States Universities, Inc.