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Senior wins at TeraGrid conference

An Austin Peay State University senior won first place in the undergraduate poster category at the TeraGrid 2008 student competition, held June 9-13 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Jessica Travierso took the top prize for her poster, titled Spallation Neutron Source Data Analysis. She conducted research on the project completed under the Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program when she interned last summer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
An Austin Peay State University senior won first place in the undergraduate poster category at the TeraGrid 2008 student competition, held June 9-13 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Jessica Travierso took the top prize for her poster, titled Spallation Neutron Source Data Analysis. She conducted research on the project completed under the Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program when she interned last summer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

RAMS is designed to provide collaborative research experiences among faculty and students at colleges or universities and national laboratory researchers. These experiences will improve the U.S. competitive research edge while encouraging and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research throughout the academic year.

Travierso's project aimed to create a graphical user interface for instrument scientists to use when analyzing their data from the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), an accelerator-based neutron source likewise located in Oak Ridge. When at full power, this one-of-a-kind facility will provide the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.

“This experience has given me more confidence as a female scientist,” she said. “For some reason, being a female in a male-dominated field has always made me feel uncomfortable and even inferior at times. Winning this competition has made me realize that I can be successful in this field.” -- Melony A. Jones