Department of Energy selects UAB graduate student for esteemed studies at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Graduate student expands knowledge of beamlines within physics through 20th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering.

katie hamm streamKathryn Ham, a graduate student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences, was selected to the 20th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Few education courses prepare students for using major neutron and X-ray facilities. This program consists of lectures presented by academic, industry and national laboratory researchers alongside basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects.

“Being a part of this select group will give me the opportunity to learn more about the different capabilities of other beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source,” said Ham, an East Cobb, Georgia, native and GAANN fellow in the UAB Department of Physics. “I’ve never conducted research at Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source, but I believe this experience will be useful for future research. I look forward to learning more about that facility’s capabilities.”

The Department of Energy program allows students to conduct short experiments providing them with hands-on training using synchrotron and neutron sources at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source and Oak Ridge’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor facilities.