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Math Senior, Josh Allison, had a great summer at his Capstone Internship working at Maxim Healthcare Services.  Josh was involved in many aspects of the business, invoicing clients, making collection calls, and working on the company's unapplied list by researching the source of payments. "I work with a lot of systems that all tie together at the end of the day."

Josh really enjoyed the friendly environment at Maxim and how employees were available to help with questions. He also noted that he has learned how to work better in teams as well as individual. All in all, this was a great experience for Josh and will help him find a job when he graduates!

Josh is shown here behind his mountain of paperwork and with his trainer at Maxim, Shannon. 

Applied Math junior, Nick Cassera, is participating in the Summer Science Scholars Research Program with Physics Professor, Dr. Will Hodge. "My project is quite complicated," Nick explained. In brief, he is measuring the geometric properties of energy bands in a variety of one-dimensional crystals. Nick is having a great summer, learning a lot and applying his background in math to science.

Rising junior, Michele Collingsworth, is spending her summer working with Dr. Lynne Hodge in our Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP).  Dr. Hodge is a Postdoctoral Associate within the Division of Marine Science and Conservation at Duke University.  Her research project focuses on fin whale calls detected in the waters off of North Carolina. Michele is thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in such exciting research!

Nicole Heil is excited to be participating in Stevenson's Summer Science Scholars Research Program (S3RP). She is working with Dr. Neal Miller who does research in astronomy. Nicole is taking data from galaxies that emit xrays and imaging the data to find intermediate black holes. Nicole has had a great experience this summer learning both about a new scientific field and about how research is done!

Heather Drake is part of the Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP). Students are chosen for this special summer program based on their academic record and letters of recommendation from faculty. She is working with mathematician Dr. Mark Branson developing a map of Baltimore which uses a non-euclidean metric based on the travel time between two points using public transportation. The goal is to measure the curvature of space in this metric at individual points and correlate this with crime rates in the city of Baltimore - their hypothesis is that areas with low or negative curvature will correlate with high crime rates.

Heather finds this research project very interesting. She enjoys learning and working with the software program, Mathematica. This has been a  great opportunity for her to explore a career in research!

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