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Maria D

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Superconductivity, batteries, physics, math, fractals, applied computer programming projects related to physics or math,STEM education improvements (either through a social lens or through pedagogy lens)

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Writing a program to model a fractal

Fractals are "self similar" images, meaning as you zoom in on one part of the image, you see that the image keeps being repeated. You can zoom in infinitely and find that this image repetition continues (for an example, look up youtube videos of the mandelbrot set). Fractals are not only beautiful to look at, but the math behind them is also interesting and useful! You can write a program in python to generate several different fractals. By the end, you will have gained invaluable coding skills, new math knowledge, and some really neat pictures to show off.

Build a new device utilizing superconducting levitation

Superconductivity is a fascinating and complicated physical property that certain materials possess. Superconducting materials inside of a magnetic field will even levitate! In this project you can obtain a superconducting material and explore this levitation property, and build a device of your choosing which would somehow rely on this levitation property.

Coding skills

python, mathematica

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