Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SBU Student Selected to Participate in Undergraduate Laboratory

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / scsmith@sbuniv.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Ryan McGlaughlin (sophomore computer science from Molene, Ill.) has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) this summer. He has been assigned to work with a scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago for ten weeks. Only around 460 students in the entire nation were selected to participate in last year’s program, and only 60 were accepted into the program at the Argonne National Laboratories. Argonne is the nation's first and oldest national laboratory and resulted from the World War II Manhattan Project.

According to Computer and Information Sciences Department Chair Dr. Tim Declue, SBU CIS Department has had 15 students participate in various government-sponsored internship programs like SERS (Science and Energy Research Semester) and DMP (Distributed Mentoring Program), but this is the first time one of our students has been selected to SULI. Dr. DeClue said, “This is a great honor for Ryan, and reflects very positively on the SBU CIS and Math Departments where Ryan has found his academic home at SBU.”

According to the Argonne website, "As the nation's first national laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory conducts basic and applied scientific research across a wide spectrum of disciplines, ranging from high-energy physics to climatology and biotechnology. Since 1990, Argonne has worked with more than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies and other organizations to help advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for the future.” Some of the historic accomplishments at Argonne include America's first high-temperature-superconducting wire, GREET software which evaluates advanced vehicle technologies and new fuels, Grid computing and the Globus toolkit, recycling automotive plastics economically and efficiently, ultrananocrystalline diamond films and other nanotechnologies, the PROTECT early-warning system for chemical and biological attacks and the Sync Matrix emergency response software, among many others.


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