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Student wins first prize for research poster

Emily Anderson '17 discusses her research at an American Physical Society regional conference.
Emily Anderson '17 discusses her research at an American Physical Society regional conference.
Photo by Jolene Johnson, professor.

Emily Anderson '17 won first prize for her research project poster at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) at the University of Michigan in January.

The conference is among nine regional conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS). Anderson and Marilyn McNamara '15 both created posters and attended the conference with their advisor, Physics Professor Jolene Johnson. 

They presented their work to University of Michigan faculty during a poster session that featured approximately 200 students presenting nearly 100 posters.

Anderson's winning poster, "Combining microfluidics and fluorescence to quantify the timing of viral release," was based on research that studied the timing of viral release — and the variations of it between individual cells — by combining fluorescence imaging, particle tracking and custom made microfluidic devices.

Anderson and her research collaborator Christina Chan '16 will also present this work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April.

McNamara created a poster discussing the physics of stringed instruments and displayed a ukulele she constructed of a lunchbox in the class, "The Physics of Music," created by Johnson.

More about APS CUWiP

The conference's goal is to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.

The conference includes research talks by faculty, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, a student poster session, and several meals during which presenters and students interact with each other.

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Feb. 6, 2015 by Julie Michener

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