Though physics and math are my respective major and minor I am also focused on environmental studies. As an underclassman, I took advantage of the broad range of classes offered at St. Lawrence. Through this I have been able to take my appreciation for nature and the environment and begun to apply that to my studies in physics.
During the summer of '10 I had an internship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), in Buffalo NY, as a research assistant for a group of Medical Physicists. I used a technical computing software (MATLAB) to continue work a Masters student had begun the previous year. It primarily involved acquiring the position (translation and rotation) of a digital camera, utilizing an optimization algorithm, as a method for non-irradiative alignment of a patient receiving radiation treatment.
This fall ('10), as a senior, I am working on my senior year experience (SYE). The goal of my independent research, and experimental, project is to build and characterize a Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cell (QDSC) to explore the properties of this latest type of photovoltaic cell. I also hope to produce a lab manual on this experiment so it may be used in an educational setting for future labs.