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BW physics major earns extension for impressive dark matter research project

Photo of Vanderbilt University physicist Dr. Alfredo Gurrola and Lauren KasperUnder the leadership of physicist Dr. Alfredo Gurrola, physics major Lauren Kasper '20 spent her summer at Vanderbilt University's high energy lab, where she assisted in research aimed at detecting a never-before-seen particle tied to the theory of dark matter.

The caliber of Kasper's work resulted in an extension of her project participation which will continue throughout her senior year at BW.

Photo of Lauren Kasper presenting her research at a Vanderbilt University Kasper, who outlined her research at a Vanderbilt poster session in August, plans to present again at the American Physical Society (APS) Conference this April and at West Virginia University in May.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Kasper plans to continue her education with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in particle or nuclear physics. Ultimately, she would like to work in a national laboratory conducting cutting-edge research.

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