Annual symposium highlights student achievements

August 28, 2017

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Research Laboratory held 11th annual Summer Student Symposium Thursday, August 10, 2017.
  • 75 students participated in poster sessions where the top three finalists in each category, undergraduate and graduate, received gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as cash prizes.
  • The symposium was designed to develop future leaders in science and technology and showcased summer student research activity conducted at ARL.
  • 50 posters were presented by students who competed within their directorates to become finalists. Student presentations were evaluated by the ARL Fellows to determine the winners in each category.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Aug. 18, 2017) -- With summer drawing to a close, undergraduate and graduate students were able to proudly display the research they've worked on during the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's 11th annual Summer Student Symposium held August 10.

This year, 75 students participated in poster sessions in which the top three finalists in each category, undergraduate and graduate, were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as cash prizes.

The symposium was designed to develop future leaders in science and technology and showcased summer student research activity conducted at ARL.

Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, ARL fellow and liaison to the summer student program, hosted this year's symposium where 50 posters were presented by students who competed within their directorates to become finalists. Student presentations were evaluated by the ARL Fellows to determine the winners in each category.

Top honors for 2017 presentations include:

Undergraduate category winners

*Gold Medalist: Sarah Adams, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, Fabrication & Characterization of Silicon Nanoparticles for Energetic Applications

*Silver Medalist: Peter Deaville, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, Ultra-Low-Power Sensing & Processing

*Bronze Medalist: Luke Hanner, Weapons & Materials Research Directorate, High-Strain Rate Hardness of Tungsten Carbides

Graduate category winners

*Gold Medalist: James (Matt) Mansell, Weapons & Materials Research Directorate, Modeling RDX Decomposition Products with Mesoscale Particles

*Silver Medalist: Minas Benyamin, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, Limits of Subpixel Motion Detection with a Video Camera

*Bronze Medalist: Maxwell Alander, Human Research & Engineering Directorate, The Effect of Imperceptible Noise Stimulation on the Spinal Reflex

Special awards were presented to two of the top student presentations from ARL West. As their prize, the students were flown to Adelphi to attend the symposium and take part in the ceremony.

ARL West top honors for 2017 presentations:

Undergraduate category winner

*Elnaz Ahmadi, University of California, Santa Barbara

Graduate category winner

*Tiffany Raber, University of Illinois at Chicago

Pesce-Rodriguez is a long-time supporter of the program and encourages students who are unsure about participating in the symposium to consider the multitude of worthwhile benefits.

"Although participations isn't required, it provides a great opportunity for students to present posters, see the work of other students' work outside of their training site and discuss their summer work with senior ARL staff. It's also a nice citation to the resume of students who are selected by their directorates as finalists. Certainly something to be very proud of!"

Congratulations to the winners, all student participants and their mentors!


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: August 28, 2017