UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Sam Gardner, second from right, with 2014 UWRF summer research students (left to right) Nicholas Jensen, Laura Lasardi, Thamyres Lana Gehlen, Kelsey Kolell , and Kyle Lueckfeld.
I am currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha majoring in chemical engineering. I will be transferring to UW-Madison in the fall of 2015. During the summer of 2014 I worked at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, on a physics research project. More specifically my project was the Neutron Monitors that are in the lab at River Falls. The project was specifically looking at the possibly of revising the code that the Neutron Monitors ran on in order to make them compatible with new systems. Along with this I created graphing software for the monitors in order to more easily and user friendly interpret the data from them.
Apart from the science of it, the people that I worked on this project with are probably some of the most inspiring young people I have ever met. The friendships that I made are ones that I feel will last a lifetime. I've also learned many skills, such as a more in-depth understanding of the science behind the project, and computer skills, and social skills. This isn't the end of the journey, not only did I have such an amazing opportunity to work on this research project, but I also was chosen to go to Antarctica with Dr. James Madsen. As a part of the continuing research we will be moving Neutron monitors to the McMurdo base in Antarctica. Dr. Madsen and I will be living in McMurdo for a month. It feels unreal the fact that I was chosen for such an amazing opportunity. Pursuing a career in science can open so many doors, and give you such amazing opportunities.
Laura Lusardi is a second year student at UWRF, who is majoring in physics with the future hope of becoming an astrophysicist. She spent the summer of 2014 working as an intern on the IceCube project, where she focused primarily on deep-core string calibration. Using the flashing LEDs on the cDOMs, the Python programming language, and ROOT, Laura created graphs to analyze how the light travels along the string to learn about different properties of the surrounding ice in order to better understand and analyze neutrino events.
Sam Gardner preparing for his research trip to Antarctica.