Two students awarded National Institute of Standards and Technology's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Undergraduate student Victoria Savikhin
Undergraduate student Victoria Savikhin
Graduating EE senior Victoria Savikhin, with minors in math and French is currently deciding where she will go for her PhD. Freshman honors student Garrett Sczechowski is intending to major in EE.

Two Engineering students, Victoria Savikhin, an EE senior with minors in math and French, and Garrett Sczechowski, a freshman honors student who plans to major in EE and minor in Computer Science, have been awarded the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). The SURF NIST opportunity is very competitive, and students are only considered when a proposal is submitted by the university.

Victoria will be conducting research at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) in Gaithersburg, MD, and her project is titled "Measurements of DNA based Nanoarchitectures". She will be under the direction of Dr. Veronika Szalai.

Garrett has been accepted for the 2012 SURF NIST program at Boulder in the Precision Imaging Facility. The facility houses four of the world's most powerful imaging systems plus a full complement of sample preparation and characterization equipment. He will assist in facility startup and initial demonstration experiments in areas such as nanoscale materials and devices for renewable energy metrology.