June 4, 2004  




Pope Fellowship Awarded to UC Berkeley Student

By Davide Castelvecchi

SLAC welcomes Lauren Alsberg, recipient of this year’s Katherine E. Pope Summer Fellowship. Starting June 2, the UC Berkeley sophomore physics student will spend two and a half months doing research on E-158, under the supervision of Berkeley’s Yury Kolomensky (B

Lauren Elizabeth Alsberg, Pope Fellowship recipient for summer 2004. (Courtesy of Diana Rogers)

Alsberg will work on the Beam Position Monitor for the fixed-target, electron-electron collision experiment, helping to develop technology for the future Linear Collider. She says she is looking forward to getting experience on both the hardware and data-analysis aspects of the instrument, which, she says, is based on what is essentially a “very sophisticated AM radio.”

In her physics honors classes, Alsberg has displayed scientific curiosity and work ethic, the qualities that will make her an excellent scientist. Kolomensky says, “I am happy that the fellowship will give Lauren a chance to participate in a cutting-edge research project at SLAC, and help start her scientific career.”

Although she doesn’t know yet what she would like to specialize in when she goes to graduate school, Alsberg says it will definitely be some branch of physics. “I like the thought process,” she says. “Plus,” she adds, “I like working with physicists. They have these crazy little quirks I just find terribly amusing.”

The Katherine E. Pope Summer Fellowship was established to remember the Smith College, Mass., undergraduate student who was working at SLAC when she tragically died in a bicycle accident on Sand Hill Road in July 2001. The fellowship honors Pope and encourages other undergraduates with an interest in science, especially physics, to pursue their academic interest at SLAC.


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Last update Thursday June 03, 2004 by Emily Ball