Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 5:05 pm under Events

by
Brian, Class of 2012

Early this week I had an opportunity to travel to SUNY Binghamton to use their electron microprobe as part of my research project through the SUNY Potsdam Presidential Scholars program. In short, unscientific terms this machine is an analytical device that can take qualitative and quantitative measurements on an extremely small scale by bombarding the sample with a beam of charged particles called electrons.

My research advisor and I worked with a geochemistry professor from SUNY Binghamton to take readings and images of my samples with a level of detail we can’t reach with the more conventional methods we had been using. The ability to conduct undergraduate research is just one more thing I’m grateful to SUNY Potsdam for, and I owe everyone at Presidential Scholars a big thank you for helping to make it possible. Now to crunch some numbers!

Brian using the Electron Microprobe

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