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Undergraduate students extoll benefits of national laboratory research internships in fusion and plasma science

They gathered in the lobby of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in dresses and suits, standing in front of posters showing computer-aided-design (CAD) drawings, mathematical equations, and line graphs, preparing to explain a summer of plasma physics research.

Forgoing beach, high school students spend summer studying physics

While most teenagers might have been spending the hot summer months at the beach, a dedicated crew of high school students devoted the past three months conducting physics and engineering research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). On August 8, 15 high school students from the New Jersey area and around the country who had participated in the 10-week high school internship program presented their findings in a poster session.

Student interns dive into plasma in one-week course

PPPL launched about 60 student interns into a summer of research by hosting an intensive one-week course in plasma physics the week of June 11. 

The students, including 32 students in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program, attended lectures by experts at PPPL and from institutions around the country. They spent four days attending lectures and one day dividing their time between touring the Laboratory and doing hands-on plasma experiments in the Science Education Laboratory and the Graduate Student Laboratory. 

A day of inspiration as NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy joins more than 700 girls at PPPL’s Young Women’s Conference

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy came to the Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on May 21 to cheer on the more than 700 seventh-to-tenth-grade girls having fun with science activities and promote STEM education in the state.

A battle of the brains between local rivals at N.J. Regional Science Bowl

As the final competitions took place at the Olympics in South Korea, a battle of the brains was taking place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Feb. 23 and 24 where two local teams won the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl and the chance to compete in the national contest in Washington D.C. 

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