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.



  • Program Manager
  • Scott Robbins
  • Student Programs Office
  • (505) 667-3639
  • Email
  • UGS & GRA Programs Coordinator
  • Emily Robinson
  • Student Programs Office
  • (505) 667-3639
  • Email
  • HS & Special Programs Coordinator
  • Cassandra Casperson
  • Student Programs Office
  • (505) 667-4866
  • Email
  • Student Intern
  • Sofia Roybal
  • Student Programs Office
  • (505) 665-0905
  • Email


Showcasing student research

At the end of each summer internship season, the National Security Education Center’s Student Programs Office at the Lab hosts a Student Symposium.

The Symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to present their research and is an excellent forum for students to network and make professional contacts.

2019 Student Symposium

The 2019 Student Symposium will be held August 6-7, 2019 at the J.R. Oppenheimer Study Center. 


Monday, August 5th LAESF Mini Showcase
12:00-1:00 Check-In
1:00-2:30 Open Viewing
2:30-3:00 Poster Removal
3:00-4:00 Early Registration for Tuesday, August 6th
Tuesday, August 6th Symposium Day One
(Biological Science, Chemistry, Computational Science, Engineering, Health/Safety, Information Technology, Mathematics, Material Science)
8:00-9:00 Check-In
9:00-11:30 Judging
11:30-12:30 Break/Lunch of their own
12:30-2:30 Open Viewing
3:00-4:00 Early Registration for Wednesday, August 7th
Wednesday, August 7th Symposium Day Two
(Earth and Space Science, Other - non technical and Physical Science)
8:00-9:00 Check-In
9:00-11:30 Judging
11:30-12:30 Break/Lunch of their own
12:30-2:30 Open Viewing
Thursday, August 8th Awards Ceremony
2:00-3:00 Jemez/Cochiti Conference rooms
Participant Information

General information about the steps involved in participating in the Symposium are included below. Additional information and instructions will be provided by email.

  1. Student Programs Office will send the Symposium Registration Application to students’ Lab emails.
  2. Submit the completed application by the deadline. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
    • Write a poster abstract for your application. See How to Prepare Your Abstract (pdf) for guidelines.
    • Request permission to share your abstract with the public through the Lab’s Review & Approval System (RASSTI). Approval must be granted before the application is submitted. Note: The RASSTI request can take up to 3 weeks to process.
  3. Create and print your poster. See Poster Guidelines(pdf) for guidance on creating and presenting your poster.

Request permission to share your poster with the public through the Lab’s Review & Approval System. Approval must be granted before the day of the Symposium.

  1. Poster set-up may be done the day beforehand or the morning of Symposium. If you plan to set-up the morning of the event, arrive early.
  2. On the day of the Symposium, plan to stay until the event ends. Deliver your poster presentation for volunteer judges and Symposium visitors.


2018 Student Symposium Winners


Irene Kwon (B-11) Enhancing monooxygenase efficiency for the production of polymer precursors using 'smart' microbial cell technology
Sara Lamcaj (B-11) Investigating the lignocellulosic degradation activity of Auxenochlorella Protothecoides


Selena Lee Staun (C-IIAC) Assessing Covalency in Transuranic Molecules


Bowen Li (T-CNLS) Efficient Algorithms for Stochastic Climate Adaptation Problem on Coastal Power Networks
Andrew Nathan Hollis (A-2) Sensitivity Analysis for Netica Using the R Statistical Programming Language
Hector Alexis Carrillo Cabada (NSEC)
Heesoo Kim (NSEC)
Parallel and on-the-fly weight computation for the Boltzmann transport equation

Earth & Space Science

Stephen Thomas West (ISR-1) Readout Electronics and Data Processing for Planetary Nuclear Spectrometers
Kenneth Sockwell (T-3) Exponential Integrator - Krylov Methods for Mimetic Ocean Models
Hannah Goldberg (EES-17) Determining the cause and nature of anomalous Rayleigh wave H/V ratio measurements in southern California


Jared Andrew Culpepper (J-5) Charge Collector Diagnostic for a Pulsed Electron-Beam
Laken Irish (AET-1) Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing
Elinor Rainbow Ruth Mullin (ISR-1) Pre-deployment Characterization of Large Fast Neutron Detectors for High Performance Computing Fault Characterization
Michael Paul Springstead (Q-14) Thermal Compensation of Strain Gauges at Off Ambient Temperatures
Matthew David Webb (W-10) Inductance Variation for Electrostatic Discharge Experiments

Heath & Safety

Antoine Duane Giddings (RP-SVS) Type Testing of Selected Health Physics Instrumentation
Alaina Katelyn Preddie (OSH-OH) Glovebox Workers' Range of Motion in Three Gloveports

Information Technology

Andres Isaiah Jiron (XIT-TSS)
Sergio Robert Rodriguez(NIE-IS)
Anthony Roy Rodriguez (XIT-USS)
Katelynn Tafoya-Montoya (XIT-CSS)
Madeline Helene Whitacre (SI-RMS)
Raspberry Pi Device Testing

Materials Science

Tashiema Wilson (MST-8) Understanding Uranium Silicide Fuel and the effects of Fission Products
Sincheng Huang (MPA-11) Automated Ultrasound Data Acquisition and Analysis


Kaitlyn Martinez (T6) Evaluating Risk of Mosquito Bourne Viruses in Brazil


River Robert Robles (AOT-AE) Increasing High-Energy XFEL Efficiency with a Transverse Gradient Undulator
Ryan LaRose (NSEC) Quantum Assisted Quantum Compiling


Lauryn Anaya (ADPM)
Marissa Terese Baca (PADCAP)
William Ira Bennett (MOF-SU
Adam Paul Collins (MPD-PO)
Julia Marie Haagenstad (UI-DO)
Ryan Nicholas Montoya (PM6)
Maricella Crytal Ramirez (PADCAP)
Tamia Williams (UI-DO)
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