DSU Students Intern at Los Alamos National Lab
Two Dakota State University students will be doing summer internships at the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) in New Mexico. The student interns, Daniel Moore and Joel Maassen, will be working on experiments dealing with dark matter.
Moore, from Howard, SD, is a senior physical science major at DSU. Maassen, from Hull, IA, is a junior majoring in physical science and scientific forensic technology. The students will gain hands on experience in the laboratory and also have the opportunity to learn how to analyze and interpret real experimental data. They gained the internships through an application process that included interviews, academic standing, and future goals.
Moore and Maassen will be working with a team led by Dr. Andrew Hime, Director of the Weak Interactions Program at LANL. Dr. Hime is working on the development of deep underground experiments aimed at resolving some of the most fundamental questions in modern science. He has established a world-renown reputation as a leader in his field and boasts a $3 million budget at the Laboratory for this research, some of which has been dedicated to the development of a research program in collaboration with the state of South Dakota.