Physics majors Cinthia and Gaby visited Stanford to present their research at the 2012 Western Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics January 13-15.
Josh Smith, Fabian Magana-Sandoval and Jackie Lee. Gaby's poster focused on the physics of the water molecule, a topic that she has been researching with Morty Khakoo and Leigh Hargreaves in their electron scattering lab.Cinthia's poster was on "Measuring Light Scatter for Advanced LIGO Optics," research done over the past semester with
Cinthia is also currently serving as President of the Physics Club and Gaby as Vice President.
There were 160 attendees at this conference, the vast majority of whom were women. Cinthia and Gaby were among the select 23 women to present research posters. Many attendees, from other students to faculty members, expressed how impressed they were to see undergraduates already so heavily involved in research projects. All poster presenters were awarded handheld telescopes.
In addition to research presentations, the conference included an EXPO of graduate schools, careers, and societies, and a variety of workshops such as "Communicating your research," "How to apply for a job in industry," "Applying for Graduate school," and "Applying for summer research." Cinthia and Gaby were also treated to a five-course dinner at Buca di Beppo hosted by Google, complete with a fitting gift: a "Girls have more fun, especially when studying physics" coffee mug.
Nice work Gaby and Cinthia!