For release: Nov. 13, 2008
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643
AMES LABORATORY INTERN PLACES THIRD
IN DOE SCIENCE AND ENERGY RESEARCH CHALLENGE
AMES, Iowa — Brita Kilburg, one of four undergraduate interns at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory to compete for the 2008 DOE Science and Energy Research Challenge, placed third in the environmental sciences division of the competition. Kilburg, a student at Loras College and who was mentored by ISU scientist Forrest Nutter, was a participant in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, or SULI, program this past summer.
SERCh is a poster competition that showcases the research projects of DOE-funded students and interns at the national laboratories. Up to 100 students presented posters Nov. 9-10 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Cash prizes of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in five categories: biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, environmental sciences, and physics. The overall competition winner received a grand prize scholarship of $10,000. For a complete rundown of winners, go to the SERCh website.
Four students were invited to participate in SERCh from the Ames Laboratory including two other former Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship students: Matthew Cromwell and Caleb Carlin, who were mentored by Ames Laboratory scientists Bill McCallum and Mark Gordon, respectively. The fourth student, Kaelynn Koch was mentored by Ames Lab scientist Edward Yu.
"This competition provides a great opportunity for these students to leverage the research projects they conducted with Ames Laboratory scientists," said Steve Karsjen, the Lab's education programs coordinator. "We congratulate all of them for having their work accepted for this prestigious DOE competition and extend a special word of praise to Brita for placing in her division."
In addition to the students who competed in SERCh, Cynthia Jenks, Ames Laboratory assistant director for Scientific Planning, served as a judge at the SERCh competition in the chemistry and materials science and engineering categories.
Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.