Summer High School ProgramFebruary, 2003
Each year, LLE invites area high school juniors to apply to a summer research program. Selected applicants are teamed with staff advisors and spend eight weeks working on individual research projects. These projects culminate in a symposium where the students present their findings to family, teachers, and members of the Laboratory’s scientific and technical staff. Fifteen students participated in 2002, the largest group in the program’s fourteen-year history.
This year, Phoebe Rounds of Irondequoit High School was selected as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and Siddhartha Ghosh and Joy Yuan of Pittsford-Mendon High School were selected as semifinalists for research projects they carried out at LLE. These students are among the 300 semifinalists nationwide chosen from the 1600 who entered the competition, which is often regarded as a “Junior Nobel Prize.” Rounds designed a new frequency-conversion system that has the potential to create smoother laser beams. Ghosh carried out experimental work on improving high-speed x-ray streak cameras, instruments used to diagnose fusion experiments carried out on the OMEGA laser system, while Yuan performed computer simulations of a new type of laser amplifier. In recognition of their scientific achievements, each student will receive $1000 and their high schools will receive $1000 per semifinalist to support their science and math programs.
Rounds is one of 40 students who will travel to Washington D. C. in March to compete for scholarships up to $100,000. As a finalist, she will receive a $5000 scholarship and a high-performance computer.
We are proud of all our Summer High School Research Program participants, past and present. We look forward to continuing our mission of education by introducing young adults to scientific research.