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Lucienne Merrill

Lucienne Merrill

Hometown: Sandy Point, Maine
Major: Physics and Math
Class: 2008

Simmons activities: Chemistry and Physics Liaison, Math and Computer Science Liaison, Society of Physics Students, American Physics Society, American Chemical Society, First-year Experience teacher, Math and Physics study group teacher

Resume builder: "I collaborated on professional research starting my freshman year. As a member of Simmons' Women in Materials program, I researched organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Through Caltech's Research Experience of Undergraduates, I helped stabilize a laser at the Australian Interferometer for Gravitational Wave Observatory in West Australia. For my senior thesis, I spent hours in MIT's Laser Interfer-ometer for Gravitational Wave Observation (LIGO) lab, researching ways to improve the sensitivity of the LIGO detectors so that noise from the suspensions (the test masses and all of their components) can be identified and not mistaken for a gravitational wave - a chirp - or, say, a black hole."

Why Simmons: "During my first class registration, my advisor went out of her way to tell a physics professor about me. Even though her physics class was full and she usually didn't enroll freshman, the professor was willing to make an exception for me. That's when I knew that Simmons would help me get to where I want to be in the world."

Favorite class: "I adored Art 101 with Professor Colleen Kiely. The class was demanding, but it was relaxing to go from an electricity and magnetism class to drawing for hours at a time. It's great that Simmons lets us take courses outside our majors, to fulfill required modes or pursue a passion."

Insider tip: "I love running along the Charles River as the sun is rising. There is no better way to start the day."

After Simmons: "I plan to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics, become a researcher in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and perhaps teach as well. I love working in a worldwide collaboration."

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