Photo Credit: Elliott McCrory
College: Rice University, Houston, TX
Home: Highland Village, TX
Mentor: Minerba Betancourt
Who I am: I'm a rising senior at Rice University studying physics and mathematics, interning at Fermilab over the summer studying neutrinos with the MINERvA collaboration. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend graduate school in particle physics, probably continuing to study neutrinos. For fun, I play violin in the MOB, the Rice Marching Owl Band!
Research: To overcome the uncertainties inherent to neutrino experiments, it is useful to take advantage of more controllable electron scattering experiments to evaluate the accuracy of Monte Carlo generator nuclear models, and place constraints on future models. I conducted a preliminary study on the feasibility of this strategy: I evaluated variables sensitive to the choice of nuclear model for both the GENIE default model and data from the Jefferson Labs CLAS experiment. I found some disagreement between the GENIE default and the CLAS data, likely explained by the the use of a dated nuclear model and background known to be remaining in the CLAS data that was not accounted for in this study.