Pope Fellowship Awarded to UC Berkeley
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 (BABAR).
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.