Name: Megan Cromis
Hometown: Corinth, TX
Mentor: Dr. Michael Daugherity
What I Study: Over the summer I worked for COMPASS, which is a fixed target nuclear physics experiment out of CERN. Five other undergrads and I built a drift chamber (a detector) to replace COMPASS’ older detectors. Our chamber will be used to help determine how much the quark angular momentum contributes to the overall mass of the proton.
Why I do research: It is an amazing experience! It felt great to be trusted to solve real world problems and to actually be able to solve them. It is also a great way to prepare for grad school and make connections with scientist across the United States.