5/26/2009 Linfield student earns science internship at FEI
McMINNVILLE – Linfield College senior Veronica Siller of Yachats is the first recipient of the Noel Martin Sr. Memorial Internship, sponsored by FEI Company, for her work and dedication to science.
Siller, who will earn a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Linfield during commencement exercises May 31, received a full-time paid internship in the Beam Technology research and development group at FEI Company, a world leader in electron optics and focused ion beam technologies. The internship will provide Siller the chance to learn through hands-on experience and mentoring by research and development scientists while working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory. Following the internship, she will have the opportunity to publish or present the results of her research in a Linfield thesis, conference, seminar, journal or other venue upon approval.
“The internship will be a great opportunity to expand my experience and hopefully make a contribution to the scientific community,” Siller said. “Linfield provided me experience working in laboratory, group and individual settings and to effectively communicate across disciplines.”
Siller is a 2005 graduate of Waldport High School and the daughter of Dorothy Siller of Yachats and Anthony Gaglio of Beaverton. At Linfield she is a member of the Chemistry Club, the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She helps with science demonstrations at local elementary schools and worked as a teacher’s assistant in an organic chemistry lab at Linfield. She also conducted summer research in the Linfield chemistry department in 2007 and had a summer internship in the chemistry lab at the McMinnville waste water treatment facility in 2008.
“Veronica’s ability to field questions from interviewers showed her strong understanding of science and her desire to contribute to this internship,” said Bill Mackie, physics professor at Linfield.
The internship award was created to honor the life and achievements of Noel A. Martin, a 1958 Linfield graduate. Martin was a founder of FEI and worked there for more than 40 years. He was responsible for developing most of the emitter fabrication processes, many of which are still in use today. His technical innovations were crucial to establishing FEI as a leader in thermal-field and ion emission technology. In addition, he was active in the Linfield Research Institute (LRI), serving on the board and supporting student research.
The award is given annually and includes an internship for two consecutive summers at the FEI campus in Hillsboro. Candidates for the internship should embody the principles of personal and professional integrity, scientific curiosity, patience and innovation. Any Linfield student is eligible for the internship but particular emphasis is given to science students.
“Linfield and LRI have a long history with FEI dating back to its founding,” Mackie said. “Over the last 15 years, many Linfield science students have found employment at FEI.”