2024 Undergraduate Women in STEM Interns

2024 Undergraduate Women in STEM Interns

URA is pleased to announce five outstanding students have been selected for the inaugural Undergraduate Women in STEM program. The program will engage women from under-represented groups in science and engineering at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Find out more about our interns below.

Folashade (Shade) Teriba, Hampton University, VA

Folashade (Shade) Teriba is a physics student at Hampton University, VA.

Folashade’s research project supports the development of the 2nd phase-Optical Stochastic Cooling (OSC) to improve extreme beam cooling techniques in accelerators, as part of the Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA) ring- Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology (FAST) facility effort. Folashade will also assist with the installation of various systems that will be integral to the IOTA Proton Injector Project.

Alanice Agostos Reyes, University of PR, Mayagüez

Alanice Agostos Reyes is a physics/astronomy student at University of PR, Mayagüez.

Alanice research project focuses on developing a high-power and long-life target system for high-energy particle physics experiments. The system will convert high-power proton beams into secondary and tertiary particles at high yield efficiency.


Rebecca Gonzalez, San Diego City College, CA

Rebecca Gonzalez is an enginerring  student at San Diego City College, CA.

Rebecca’s research project focuses on the assembling and operation of a bench-top precision particle detector (TinyTPC) for liquid argon time-projection chambers (LArTPCs), the DUNE detector technology, to study the response of low-energy radioactive sources by measuring the detector’s precision of signals reconstruction. The project will begin with bench-top tests to validate the detector’s stability, outside cryostat conditions, and studying radioactive sources to benchmark the detector’s performance. The detector’s response will be tested with different gases mixtures different gases (argon, xenon, and isobutylene).

Angelica Trillo, University of New Mexico, NM

Angelica Trillo is a mechanical engineering student at the University of New Mexico.  

Angelica’s research project will consist of updating the standardized cryogenic operational procedures and Inventory of mechanical and electrical components of the two cryogenic liquefiers. Angelica will update the operational procedures based on cryogenic testing activities in coordination with the cryogenic engineer and operators, create the Inventory of the Air Liquide Advanced Technologies cryogenic liquefier spare components, and document troubleshooting and replacement procedures. In addition, Angelica will participate in regular cryogenic operations related to the two cryogenic liquefiers and the superconducting cavities and magnet testing activities.

Christy Rosado Bonilla, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Cristy Rosado Bonilla is a theoretical physics student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

Cristy’s research project will address the performance of quantum computers, by improve qubit coherence time through detailed materials analysis. The project design will use multi-level material characterization techniques to understand the impact of different processing schemes. The produced data will support newly designed strategies to increase the coherence time of these qubits. Such strategies may include the use of time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques to understand how physical processes and material properties that can limit the performance.

Jeanette Simo, University of California Davis, CA

Jeanette Simo is an applied physics student at University of California Davis, CA

Jeanette’s research project will support the Superconducting Nonlinear Asymmetric Inductive eLement (SNAIL) system, analyzing the theory at the base of its functioning and the potential implementations. The project will begin with the SNAIL experimental implementation that includes a quantum-limited parametric amplifier, shown to be a promising performance controllable dynamic electromagnetic coupler. Following the SNAIL implementation, Jeanette will analyze the SNAIL quantum dynamical behavior when embedded in a multi-mode electromagnetic environment, representing a superconducting radio-frequency cavity, and its interaction with another superconducting nonlinear element called transmon. The analysis is performed with QuTiP, a python-based quantum toolbox software, to develop a complete Hamiltonian formulation of the cavity-transmon-SNAIL system, both in the steady state and in the transient regime.