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Students do cool summer research projects in one of the hottest spots

More than 40 college students pursuing careers in physics, engineering and computer science are spending their summer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory working with scientists and engineers on hands-on research projects.  Here they talk about the cool science they did at the Lab, which is devoted to fusion energy and plasma science research. Their projects ranged from a bubble counter that could help verify nuclear weapons to a software program that can show scientists how various factors affect a plasma in PPPL’s National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade – where temperatures reach 10 times that of the core of the sun. In the first installment, Priya Jaglal, a mechanical engineering student at Howard University, describes her research into the possible use of 3-D printing in models that could be used to design electromagnetic coils in fusion devices called stellarators. 

PPPL interns are sponsored by the Community College Internship (CCI) program and the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program, both of which are funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with PPPL; Princeton University’s Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Program in Plasma Science and Technology; and PPPL’s Engineering Apprenticeship program and other programs. (Video by Elle Starkman with interviews by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe/PPPL Office of Communications). 

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