Phoebe Rounds

April, 2003

Recently, Phoebe Robeson Rounds was selected as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for research she performed while participating in LLE’s 2002 Summer High School Research Program. Phoebe developed a systematic method for generating new tripler designs for use on OMEGA or any other high-power ICF laser system. Her method involves the optimization of thickness, tilt, and spacing of the frequency-conversion crystals. Phoebe is the second student from the LLE program to advance to the finals in this nationwide competition.

Many of LLE’s Summer High School Program participants go on to submit their research findings to various scientific competitions. Of these competitions, the Intel Science Talent Search is generally considered the most prestigious. This year Phoebe Robeson Rounds was selected as a finalist in this competition for research she performed while participating in LLE’s 2002 Summer High School Research Program. As a finalist in the national Intel Science Talent Search, Phoebe was awarded a $5000 scholarship, a high-performance computer, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to compete against 39 other finalists for additional scholarships up to $100,000. Irondequoit High School will also receive $1000 to support its math and science programs as a result of Phoebe’s nomination. Phoebe is the second student from the LLE program to advance to the finals in this nationwide competition.