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Simons Program Student Receives 1st Place at NYSSEF and the Yale Science & Engineering Association Award  

Ayesha Chhugani, a senior at Herricks High School, conducted Physics research as part of the Simons Program under the guidance of Professor Deshpande's Laboratory Group. She applied to the Simons Program to conduct independent research as part of Herricks' 4 year Science Research Program under the direction of Mrs. Renée Barcia. With direct support from Professor Deshpande, Post Doc Nils Feege, and Master's student Raphael Cervantes, Ayesha learned about superconductor physics and applied such knowledge to a project involving the study of trapped magnetic fields within superconductors. She learned not only the technicalities of superconductor physics, but learned what it means to be a researcher and actually implement the scientific method to discover something new.

With her research report, "A Novel Magnetic Field Trap Using Superconductors for Transporting Polarized Ions for Medical Imaging", Ayesha was named as a Siemens Competition Semifinalist, Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist, and was awarded 1st place in the Physics category at NYSSEF (New York State Science and Engineering Fair) along with the Yale Science & Engineering Association Award for "Most Outstanding Exhibit in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry."

Ayesha will be attending Columbia University-Fu Foundation School of Engineering in the Fall as an Egleston Research Scholar.


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