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Contact:
Christine Butler
GK12 Program Manager
cabutler@uoregon.edu

Special Thanks to the National Science Foundation for their support

 

 

 

2013-2014 GK-12 Fellows

  Jeremy Copperman
  Peter Morse
  Brad Rose
  Kara Nell
  Roger Smith
  Michelle Watt
   

 



Jeremy Copperman

 

A graduate student at the University of Oregon, my interests lie in the physics governing biological systems. Research in the Guenza group involves using theoretical and computational tools to understand how complex biological macromolecules, such as DNA and proteins, move and interact. We do this by combining analytical coarse-grained descriptions with state of the art simulations on national supercomputers.


When I'm not at school, I'm probably busy caring for one of my 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 3 chickens, or two frogs. I am passionate about my family, and also the preparation of food, especially barbecue and raw seafood. I manage to squeeze in enough free time to regularly play indoor soccer, and given more free time, I go surf the Oregon coast and complain about how cold the water is.

Project: Biomimicry

 

Peter Morse

Peter Morse

 

Hi, I'm Peter Morse, and I'm a 5th year physics graduate student in Eric Corwin's lab. In my lab, I study granular materials, like sand, and the process by which they go from a fluid to a jammed configuration. While we can all experience this by running our hands through sand on the beach, little is known about the physical mechanisms that control jamming. I do experimental work in 2d and 3d, and I run simulations on higher dimensional packings, which are useful in information theory.

Before I came to the University of Oregon, I got my B.S. in physics at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I go back frequently to visit friends and family. In my free time, I like to go hiking, play bass guitar, and volunteer at an all ages music project in Springfield.

Project: Solar Challenge

 

 

Brad Rose

 


I am a graduate student in chemistry where I work on the synthesis and theory of organic molecules that could be used for doing useful things like turning sunlight into electricity and controlling electricity in computers.

I was raised in the general vicinity of Peoria, IL. For my undergraduate work in chemistry and math I went to Illinois Central College and Illinois State University. I enjoy reading and talking about science, tea, cooking, and biking.

Project: Green Schools for the Extreme

 

Kara Nell

 

 

Hi, I am Kara Nell, and I am a third year graduate student in Darren Johnson's lab. My research is focused on functionalized materials for water purification. I target specific contaminates in water that are toxic in low concentrations, such as heavy metals.

I received my BA in Chemistry from Albion College in Albion, MI, which is very close to my hometown Marshall, MI. When I am not working on chemistry I really enjoy doing outreach, cooking, hiking, and drinking great coffee while chatting with friends.

Project: Water Quality

 

 

Roger Smith

 

I am a fifth year physics graduate student in the lab of Mike Raymer.  In the lab, I’m usually building lasers and exploring the interaction of single photons (really small amounts of light) within optical fibers (like the kind of fibers that bring the internet to homes!).  My research involves how different frequencies (or color) of light change when they are traveling through an optical fiber.


I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where I enjoyed playing softball without a glove, learning proper woodworking technique, and eating deep dish pizza.  Then I went to the University of Rochester, where I received a B.S. in Optics and a B.A. in Physics.  In Rochester, I organized trips for undergraduate students to go into local middle schools to present demonstrations on optics.  I also learned how to play competitive badminton and spun discs on the campus radio station.   
When I’m not in the lab playing with lasers, I am outside playing ultimate Frisbee, riding my bicycle, perfecting my bagel making technique, or taking pictures.

Project: Magnets & Motors

 

 

Michelle Watt

Michelle Watt

 

 

I am a 5th year graduate student working on a joint research project in the labs of Professors Darren Johnson and Mike Haley. I work on making receptors to bind and sense anions. I received my BS in biochemistry and MS(R) in chemistry from Saint Louis University. In my free time I play soccer, rock climb, and read. I also enjoy going to concerts in Portland and Eugene.

Project: Nanoworlds