The Qweak experiment examines electron-proton scattering at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, with the purpose of learning more about the weak nuclear force. I will be doing data analysis for the experiment, writing programs in the data analysis software package ROOT in order to calculate the momentum of particles leaving the scattering interactions. The values that my programs will calculate will be used in further data analysis for the experiment.
Hometown: Bristol, VA
Future Plans: I plan to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in physics or a closely related area. After that, I would like to find a research position in which I can apply what I have learned in college and graduate school.
Hobbies: Swimming, violin, traveling
Fun Fact: I just completed a year abroad at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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