2005 Pope Fellow Announced
By Erin Shatara
Ming Yi has joined SLAC as the recipient of
the 2005 Katherine E. Pope Fellowship. Yi has just finished her second
year of studies as an undergraduate student majoring in physics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She will work with MIT
scientist Gabriella Sciolla (BABAR) this summer on the analysis and
measurement of the branching fractions of B to radiative penguin decays.
Sciolla says of Yi that her “academic achievements at MIT are
outstanding… [her] enthusiasm for physics is refreshing and contagious.”
Ming Ly, Recipient of 2005
Katherine E. Pope Fellowship
(Photo by Erin Shatara)
Yi is a returning veteran of the
summer programs at SLAC, having participated in the 2004 Science
Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. She spent last
summer working with Charles Young (EA), Peter Kim (EE) and Mark Convery
(EB) on determining the optimal flow rate of the gas used in the LST
installations. This project offered her exposure to practical hardware
skills that are rarely taught in the classroom. “I relished the
collaborative and dynamic atmosphere at SLAC,” said Yi.
While she is not yet sure what track of physics she will
focus on, Yi is sure that she will continue to study physics and
diversify her exposure to what specific fields she might pursue. After
earning her undergraduate degree, she plans to continue to earn a PhD
degree in physics. Eventually, Yi aspires to be a professor of physics.
The Katherine E. Pope Summer Fellowship was established
to remember the Smith College 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.