A young computer programmer was surprised by not one, but two awards for building systems crucial to running the lab's magnets.

Undergrad streamlines maintenance routine with touch-screen technology

This week at the lab, 20 undergraduate science majors from across the U.S. are doing real research in chemistry, physics and biology that will be critical to them as they pursue careers in science.

These young scientists are in their third week of the lab’s ten-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The long-running program pairs undergrads with researchers at the lab, giving them a realistic taste of the challenges and rewards of science.

“It’s dealing with all the little pitfalls of doing actual research, as opposed to doing a lab in their chemistry class,” said Jose Sanchez, who manages the program through the lab’s Center for Integrating Research and Learning. “This is going to be very great for their resume. For those attending graduate school, an REU program is practically mandatory because graduate school is all research-based.”

Text by Kristen Coyne. Photo by Jose Sanchez.

Gerardo A. Nazario, a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) intern, talks about his eight weeks working at the MagLab and at the MagLab's Applied Superconductivity Center.

Petroleum engineer Alicia Calero, a former participant in the lab's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, talks about two MagLab scientists who played a key role in her training.