MSU Grad Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

  • May 6, 2019
  • Sean Liddick

National Nuclear Security Administration

Graduate Students Zachary Matheson and Rebecca Lewis
Graduate Students Zachary Matheson and Rebecca Lewis 

MSU Chemistry Graduate Student Rebecca Lewis in Professor Sean Liddick’s group, and Zachary Matheson from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been selected as fellows in the Graduate Fellowship Program from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) beginning in June 2019. Both students are currently working on research funded by the NNSA’s Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program at Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

Rebecca Lewis is investigating the nuclear properties of short-lived, neutron-rich nuclei. The goal of the program is to infer the probability of neutron capture reactions. Such reactions take place in astrophysical stellar environments, such as supernova or neutron star mergers, which often involve neutron-rich isotopes that cannot be produced in the laboratory. The experimental reaction rates are compared to theoretical predictions used in a wide range of applications. Rebecca will be working in Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development when she joins NNSA.

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