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Flint Martino ’16 Applied physics major Kalispell, Mont. Project: Finding mechanisms for decreased mobility in graphene field-effect biosensors I have worked different jobs since I was 16 and have never enjoyed a job day-in and day-out the same way I do this one. The work allows me to get a better idea of what type of job I am looking for in the future and provides me with helpful experience that could be a stepping stone for that job. One of the vital concepts I learned was how to read and comprehend research articles. This allows you to understand what other scientists are doing and the different processes they use, which in turn allows you to apply your own ideas to what they are doing. Research is a lot of piggybacking because in all honesty it takes quite a few people working together to advance science. Alleta Maier ’18 Math and physics major The Dalles Project: Application of inverse problems in imaging I’m getting hands-on experience in a field I’m interested in pursuing. This experience gives insight into what kinds of work I’d be doing if I decide to continue with math through my career. Having the opportunity to be published in a scientific journal by the time I finish my undergraduate degree would be incredible and not many students get to say that. The most important and dynamic knowledge base I’m gaining is full of more basic skills like how to code in MATLAB and Latex, how to read a scientific paper effectively and how math research is conducted on a fundamental level. Kuzivakwashe Rusere ’17 Applied physics and mathematics major Zimbabwe Project: Building “Wildcat,” a robot, which will be entered in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition in June 2016 Working on this project has allowed me to have a better understanding of my fields of interest and also allows me to apply what I have learned in classes. I have learned a lot from working with other students and Dr. Tianbao such as different techniques in metal fabrication and making parts for the vehicle, and application of physics concepts and theories for the overall project. I have always been interested in robotics, fixing electronics, repairing machinery and understanding how things work mechanically. I have this need to explore my technical side, so working on this project has been both fun and educational for me. Summer research across the curriculum Some 46 students worked with 29 faculty members on summer research projects in areas of the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. A combination of grants and endowments providing more than $260,000 helped fund the research activities. In addition to conducting research, students presented their work to the Linfield College community at the end of the summer. Fall 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 1


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