I am a graduate student in physics at the University of Rochester, currently working at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics on nuclear scattering cross sections.

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M.A. in Physics, December 2017
University of Rochester
Dr. Chad Forrest, Advisor

B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics, May 2016
Thesis: "Efficiency Calibration for Measuring the 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section"
Houghton College
Dr. Mark Yuly, Advisor


The 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section from Threshold to 26.5 MeV

Research Experience

Efficiency Calibration for Measuring the 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section
2013 - 2016
Measurement of the 12C(n,2n)11C cross section to within 5% by exposing carbon and plastic disks to mono-energetic neutrons between 20 and 27 MeV, then counting positron annihilation gamma rays from the beta-decay of 11C. The coincidence efficiency of the detectors was measured using several beta-decay sources and geometries. The number of 12C that underwent the (n,2n) reaction was calculated using a GEANT code. From this, the cross section was determined.


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
American Association of Physics Teachers

Exceptional Undergraduate Poster Award for "Efficiency Calibration for Measuring the 12C(n,2n)11C Cross Section"
APS Division of Plasma Physics
November 2015

Employment Experience 

Teaching Assistant, University of Rochester Physics and Astronomy Department
Classes: Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Led three workshops per week for 60 total students and guest taught for two lectures for 250 students.
September 2016 – May 2017

Teaching Assistant, Houghton College Physics Department
Class: Intro to Physics
Prepared materials for labs. Helped General Physics students solve problems and perform experiments by explaining concepts in a comprehensible manner.
January 2015 – December 2015

Library Circulation Attendant, Houghton College Library
Attended the circulation desk by managing incoming and outgoing media. Used detail-oriented organizational skills to maintain ordered collections of books, films, and newspapers.
May 2013 – May 2016

Human Resources and Accounting Assistant, Engineering Consulting Services
Managed HR files for more than 1000 employees with regard to data input, termination of old files, and the digitization of HR materials.
Summers 2010 – 2013

Information Technologies Intern, Engineering Consulting Services
Repaired PDA devices for field technicians on construction sites. Cut cost of technological overhead by stripping broken devices for parts to build new PDAs.
Summers 2008 – 2010

Volunteer Activities

Treasurer, Physics and Astronomy Student Association for Graduate Engagement
April 2017 – Current

Student Member, Houghton Committee on Harassment Policy and Prevention
September 2015 – May 2016

News and Features Writer, Houghton Star
January 2013 – May 2016

Class President, Houghton College Student Government
Student Committee Member, Houghton Creation Care Committee
September 2012 – May 2013