Students present work at APS meeting

Created: May 30, 2018
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WASHINTON, PA (May 30, 2018)—Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) students and Associate Professor of Physics Michael McCracken, Ph.D., traveled to the American Physical Society April meeting in Columbus, Ohio, where students presented their work at the national conference.

Samuel Schaub ’18 presented his senior capstone project, “An inexpensive networked cosmic-ray detector,” which he completed with assistance from Kripa George ’21. The project used the design for the ray detector from MIT and adapted it to be accessible for middle and high school students and enable a Wi-Fi module.

Lottie Murray ’19 and Sethin Burrier ’20 presented their project, “Identification of semi-muonic Λ decays using machine learning models,” which involved nuclear particle physics and a programming component.

The students fielded questions from scientists and industry professionals during the meeting and attended valuable sessions where they learned a lot.

“The best part is that students got to interact with an enormous group of scientists and see what a conference is like,” Dr. McCracken said. “The experience allows students to hone their presentation skills and make professional connections, and it’s a great resume builder.”

Dr. McCracken is able to take students to these conferences with financial support from The Joseph A. Walker Chair of Physics endowed fund.

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