June 17, 2005  


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.


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