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College of Science & Mathematics

Physics Student Interns at National Laboratory

As part of her 11 week Physics & Astronomy summer internship, Ashli Nieves from Franklinville, spent 4 weeks at the Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source, located just outside of Chicago, this July.  Nieves' four-week internship, which included doing research and performing as a beamline assistant, was supported, in part, by a grant from the ChemMatCARS beamline and the University of Chicago.   The director of ChemMatCARS beamline, Jim Viccaro, extended the invitation for Ashli's visit in an effort to reach out to and maintain ties to undergraduate institutions. Ashli will work under the direct supervision of Dr. Jan Ilavsky, renowned for Ultrasmall Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS) measurement, where she will assist users of the USAXS instrument in performing their experiments. Users typically come to the laboratory from universities and industries around the world for a 1 to 2 day visit in order to gain unique microstructural data from their samples. Ashli will not only interact with a wide variety of individuals, she will also collect data from her gold nanoparticle and nanorod samples, as well as the samples of another group member (Brien Bennett) who has worked on de-agglomeration of carbon nanotubes.