Student Research: 2014-2016

2016 Research


Hunter Studies Neutrino Oscillations at Vanderbilt University's Physics and Astronomy REU

Physics major, Rachel Hunter, participated in Vanderbilt University's Physics and Astronomy REU 2016 which was funded by the NSF. She was at Vanderbilt from May 30 through August 6. While there she studied neutrinos and neutrino oscillations by working with the neutrino oscillation experiments conducted at the Rovno Nuclear Power Station. The learning objective was to find evidence for/against a fourth neutrino through computer modeling of old and new neutrino oscillation experiments.


Reinhardt Participates in REU at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biidaaban worked on a collaborative project with another REU student with each student working on a different part of the same general project. Reinhardt's portion of this collaboration was titles "Improving Sensing of Gold Nanoparticles in Biological Samples using MALDI Mass Spectrometry" which essentially was using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS) to evaluate if the presence of Gold Nanoparticles changes the biological composition of tissues.


2015 Research


Egan Presents Poster at American Astronomical Society's Annual Conference

Arika Egan, senior physics and philosophy major, recently attended the 225th American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, Washington where she presented a poster about new data on galaxies NGC4242 and UGC07301, analyzing the light intensity as a function of radius, and creating stellar energy distribution graphs, color graphs, and surface brightness profiles for each galaxy. Arika did this research as part of her summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) at the University of Wyoming.


Kyle Branning's Columbia REU in CERN, Switzerland

Over this summer, Kylee Branning's part in the Columbia REU program was focused on the development of data driven background estimation techniques to discriminate the backgrounds for VV resonance searches in the final state of lepton, neutrino, and two quarks. The background she worked with was composed of W+Jets, Z+Jets, ttbar, multijets, and standard model dibosons. Specifically the W/Z+Jets and ttbar backgrounds were measured in control regions formed by reverting the signal region cuts.

Additionally b-tagging was used to discriminate between those two different background types. For the standard model dibosons, the estimation was based on the Monte Carlo. The multijets Run I extrapolation showed marginal quantum chromodynamics (QCD) contamination. Comparisons were made between data and Monte Carlo for an integrated luminosity of 6 pb-1 collected at 13 TeV center of mass energy. In the end, no discrepancy between data and Monte Carlo was found in this study.

The picture is of Kylee with the statue of Shiva Nataraj. The statue was a gift from India, celebrating CERN's long association with India which started in the 1960's and continues strongly today.


2014 Research

Argonne Students

Argonne Student Research Presentation

At the annual Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, several NMU students gave presentations.  Physics major, Daniel Wilbern's presentation was on Measurement of the Mean Lifetime of Muon Particles. His talk was based on research that he did while working with Dr. William Tireman (Physics).


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