Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Student Symposium

The Symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to present their research, broadening their expertise and preparing them for careers in science and nontechnical fields.


  • Technical Host
  • Scott Robbins
  • (505) 667-3639
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  • Registration/Abstract Information
  • Selena Valencia
  • (505) 665-0905
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  • Judges
  • Cassandra L. Casperson
  • (505) 667-4866
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This year's Symposium, "Championing Scientific Careers" Highlighting Student Research, held August 9, 2017 at UNM-LA was very well attended with over 200 students showcasing their hard work and tremendous talent. The intent of the Symposium is to broaden students' expertise and prepare them for careers in science and nontechnical fields. This is an excellent forum for students to network and make professional contacts.

The National Security Education Center Student Programs Office is proud to announce the 2017 Symposium Winners


Emily Cloyd (B-10) The Expansion of Analytics for Investigation of Disease Outbreaks (AIDO)
Jacquelyn Mettler (B-10) Agrobacterium-Mediated Transformation of Prairie Cord Grass for Guar Production


Julie Haagenstad (C-NR) Development of an Internal Quality Assurance Program for the LANL NWAL Program
Roy Madrid (MPA-CINT) Evaluating Thermal Response of "Giant" Quantum Dots


Nils Carlson (NSEC), Jacob Carroll (NSEC) Investigating Phase Transitions in Sparsely Coded Convolutional Neural Networks
Siddhartha Bishnu (NSEC), Shane Fogerty (CCS-2) Thoughtful Precision in Mini-Apps

Earth & Space Science:

Emily Hopkins (EES-16) Sooting Potential of Biomass in Wildfire
Charles Abolt (EES-16) Topographic Control on the Subsurface Heat Budget of Ice Wedge Polygons


Benjamin Katko (NSEC), Brian Bleck (NSEC) Augmented Reality as a Next Generation Tool for Nuclear Facility Criticality Safety
Matthew Wilkin (MET-DO) Data Mining The General Purpose Heat Source Program

Heath & Safety:

Ian McNabb (EPC-ES) The Overlooked Radiation Dose to Downwinders from the Trinity Blast
Melissa Moreno (RP-SVS) Uncertainty Budgets Associated with Calibration

Information Technology:

Kayleen Hovey (SAE-1) Improving Information Security with Encryption

Materials Science:

Sigehiro Takajo (MST-8) Microstructure Analysis of Gas Gun Deformed 304L Stainless Steel
Tashiema Wilson (MST-7) Experimental Analysis of Selected Uranium Silicide and Uranium-Silicide-Nitride


Jeanette Varela (CCS-6) Predicting Bunker Temperature


Madeline Whitacre (SI-RMS) Digital Narrative: Exploring the History of Science at LANL using Web-Based Media


L J Horan (LOG-HERG),
Ryan LaMonica (MPD-PO),
Jason Pedraza (MOF-SU),
Mariah Richardson (PADCAP),
Genna Waldvogel (PADCAP)

Smart Lab Renovation in TA35-0085


Kiersten Haffey (P-21) Non-Pneumatic Actuation of Stretchable Membranes for Organ on a Chip Applications

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