Student research highlighted during 10th annual Summer Student Symposium

August 16, 2016

By Tracie R. Dean, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently held its 10th annual Summer Student Symposium at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.
  • The annual event recognizes undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in technical fields with participation in various summer research activities. The symposium highlights exceptional achievements made by students and their mentors.
  • 80 posters were presented by students who competed within their directorates to become finalists.

ADELPHI, Md. (Aug. 11, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently held its 10th annual Summer Student Symposium at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland.

The annual event recognizes undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in technical fields with participation in various summer research activities. The symposium highlights exceptional achievements made by students and their mentors.

Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, ARL fellow and liaison to the summer student program, hosted this year's symposium where 80 posters were presented by students who competed within their directorates to become finalists.

"This is our third year incorporating the poster sessions into the symposium," Pesce-Rodriguez said. "The benefit is that more students can present their own work and be a part of the big day."

Awards were presented to first through third place winners in both undergraduate and graduate categories; with first place/gold medalist winners receiving $500, second place/silver medalist $300 and third place/bronze winners receiving $200.

Top honors for 2016 presentations

Undergraduate category winners

  • Gold: Merric Srour, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, Joule Heating Thin Film NiTi Cantilevers
  • Silver: Miriam Silton, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Comparison and Optimization of Solid-State Joining Techniques for Dissimilar Metals
  • Bronze: Noah Zecher-Freeman, SEDD, Microcombustion and Thermophotovoltaics

Graduate category winners

  • Gold: Minas Benyamin, SEDD, Statistical Analysis of Atmospheric Corrections for UAS Acoustic Signals
  • Silver: David Eberius, Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, A Parallel Monte Carlo Tree Search for Safe Target Surveillance
  • Bronze: Christopher Blount, Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Applying Noise Stimulation to Improve Trigger Pull Steadiness

This is the first year 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 2016 presentations

Undergraduate

  • Cassidy Henry from the University of California, Los Angeles

Graduate

  • Mark Dennison from the University of California, Irvine

For Pesce-Rodriguez, the overall highlight during the summer student symposium is being able to witness how proud students are to be recognized as finalists.

"I'd like to think that all the students feel like winners and that they enjoyed their summer here at ARL; that's the key," Pesce-Rodriguez said. "Not all students will make a new discovery or have major progress but if they had an opportunity to network with other students and ARL subject matter experts then it was a good summer."

 

Last Update / Reviewed: August 16, 2016