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Release: May 10, 2000

UI student selected to work at European particle physics lab

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Anna Tauke, a University of Iowa junior from Dubuque, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of 10 U.S. undergraduate physics students who will spend this summer at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) located near Geneva, Switzerland.

Tauke, a UI Presidential Scholar, Undergraduate Scholar Assistant, and member of the UI Honors Program and Hawkeye Marching Band, is simultaneously working toward earning an electrical and computer engineering degree from the College of Engineering and a physics degree from the College of Liberal Arts.

As a participant in the NSF research experience for undergraduates, she will be part of a multinational student team attending lectures and conducting research. Yasar Onel, UI physics professor and Tauke's advisor, says that one of her assignments will be to work on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) project, for which he serves as principal investigator of the UI team that includes Tauke. The CMS project involves the construction of a device to detect sub-atomic particles and is part of a $6 billion international project to construct the world's largest particle accelerator (the Large Hadron Collider) at CERN by 2005. Physicists hope to advance mankind's understanding of the basic building blocks of matter by accelerating protons in opposite directions around a 16.5-mile oval track and studying the particles resulting from the proton collisions.

Tauke is the winner of the 1999-2000 Paul D. Scholz Memorial Scholarship in engineering and the winner of the 1999 and 2000 Myrtle K. Maier Scholarship in physics.