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On April 22-23, 2015, GWPAC undergraduate researcher Haroon Khan visited Washington DC to present his research to members of Congress as part of the Council for Undergraduate Research's prestigious Posters on the Hill program. Haroon was selected as one of 60 from the entire US out of an applicant pool or more than 500 students. Haroon's poster focused on "Simulating colliding black holes for gravitaitonal wave astronomy," work that he is doing together with his research mentor, physics professor Geoffrey Lovelace

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While in Washington, Haroon and Lovelace had the opportunity to meet with California's U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) and his staff, and with staff from the office of U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) and from the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. In addition, they visited the White House complex, saw congressional deliberations on the America Competes Act, and visited the Air and Space Museum.  

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Haroon is the first student from the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the second from California State University Fullerton to participate in Posters on the Hill. The first was psychology student Kevin Chavarria, who presented his research on "When Parents Are Twins: Double Look at Social Relations Within Families," together with faculty mentor Nancy Segal in 2007. 

Haroon's work was supported by National Science Foundation grant PHY-1307489 and STEM^2 Department of Education grant P031C110116-12. 

Congratulations Haroon and Geoffrey!