Fermilab Summer Students and Teachers 2017

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Photo Credit: Elliott McCrory
Kevin Bardan
Year: 2017
Program: CCI
College: Harper College, Palatine, IL
Home: Schaumburg, IL
Mentor: Anne Schukraft
Who I am: I am a student at Harper College, and will be transferring to the University of Pennsylvania to study math and economics. After my friend participated in this program last year, he easily convinced me to do the same. I am always eager to learn, especially when it comes to the great mysteries of the universe that we know so little about. In addition to Fermilab, I play soccer at the collegiate level and am also a black belt in Taekwondo. I also love to snowboard in the winter!
Research: The ICARUS detector is a liquid argon time projection chamber that is currently being installed in the Booster Neutrino Beamline at Fermilab. In order to tag the large number of cosmic background events that we expect in the detector when operating it on surface level, it will be surrounded on all sides by a large area cosmic tagger system consisting of scintillator modules. Over the summer, 173 scintillator modules previously used in the MINOS far detector cosmic veto shield have been tested and characterized in order to choose the modules that are going to be installed along the sides of the ICARUS detector.