Rafael Lozano (top), first-place winner in the GEM Fellow Technical Presentation Competition and Niaja Farve, third-place winner in the GEM competition.
More than 40 college students and professors spent their summer
at Brookhaven Lab to work on a wide variety of science and engineering
projects at NSLS and NSLS-II. The visitors — 26 students and two Faculty
and Student Teams (FaST) program professors at NSLS and 14 students at
NSLS-II — worked alongside Photon Sciences employees in areas ranging
from the study of Alzheimer's disease to the development of new software
and instrumentation. Students also had the opportunity to attend
scientific lectures, tour Brookhaven's research facilities, and
participate in numerous social activities.
The Laboratory was especially delighted to host 13 students from the GEM program, which is by far the largest number of GEM students ever at BNL. Of these, 11 worked at NSLS-II, one at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and one in the Collider-Accelerator Department. GEM stands for National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc.
In the GEM Fellow Technical Presentation Competition in Virginia at the end of the summer, two NSLS-II GEM students took top honors: Rafael Lozano, a first-year graduate student in aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, came in first overall, and Niaja Farve, who started graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, came in third. Under the supervision of Evgueni Nazaretski, Lozano worked on nanopositioning R&D for the hard x-ray nanoprobe beamline at NSLS-II, designing the new end station microscope. Farve worked with scientists Juergen Thieme and Vincent DeAndrade to perform ray tracing for the future submicron-resolution x-ray spectroscopy beamline at NSLS-II.