The SPS Team

Jorge Ramirez

President

 

Jorge Ramirez

 

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Kathleen Hamilton-Campos

Vice President

 

Kathleen Hamilton-Campos

 

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Kathleen is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland College Park, pursuing dual degrees in Physics and Astronomy with a minor in Mathematics. She joined SPS while at Howard Community College, where she earned Associates Degrees in Physical Sciences and Mathematics. While there, she undertook research in dark matter, resonance and the rise of chaos in double pendulum systems, and indirect detection of gravitational waves via binary pulsars. Her first project, "Enlightening Students about Dark Matter," won an Honorable Mention at the AAS 231st Meeting in the Chambliss Student Poster Awards. Since transferring, she has served as a peer mentor and research assistant in two FIRE streams, Capital One Machine Learning and Simulating Particle Detection. Kathleen has been a member of both the TREND REU at College Park, working towards multi-beam confinement in UMER, and SASP at the Space Telescope Science Institute, analyzing metal distribution during galactic evolution. Outside of SPS, she is also the Undergraduate Engagement Officer in Women in Physics, the Managing and Co-Communications Officer of Equity Constellation, and involved with Astronomy Community Engagement. When not on campus, she can be found baking, hiking with her husband, and spoiling their guinea pigs.

 

 

Angel Torres

Treasurer

 

Angel Torres

 

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Ela Rockafellow

Social and Outreach Chair

 

Ela Rockafellow

 

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Ela Rockafellow is an undergraduate Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She’s interested in intense laser matter interactions, which includes research in plasma physics and optical science. Over the past two years, Ela has been working as a research assistant under Dr. Howard Milcherg on various projects with mid-infrared lasers, including measuring strong-field ionization and analyzing terahertz production in mid-infrared driven electron acceleration. While at UMD, Ela has also been a teaching assistant, SPS tutor, awarded first place at the 2020 Spring Undergraduate Research Poster Session, and presented at the 2019 and 2020 annual meetings of the APS Division of Plasma Physics. She has been awarded University of Maryland Semester Academic Honors each term, as well as merit scholarships. Her other interests include drawing, painting, and riding/competing horses—with fifteen years of equestrian experience, she’s won the USPC National Championships, placed third in the US Eventing Regional Championships, been selected to represent Zambia in international show jumping competitions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Democratic Republic of Congo, while living in Zambia (2005-11), and been employed at numerous farms to care for and train horses.

 

Kate Sturge

Tutoring Chair

 

Kate Sturge

 

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Kate is a junior at the University of Maryland, pursuing double degrees in Physics and Astronomy. Her research interests include high energy physics and particle astrophysics, and she works with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) group at UMD under the supervision of Professor Sarah Eno. Kate is a peer mentor for the Simulating Particle Detection (SPD) Stream for the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience, and she has worked as an undergraduate teaching fellow for physics courses. Kate also volunteers as a mentor for the University Honors program. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing with her dog, Ginny Weasley.

 

 Donna Hammer

Chapter Advisor

 

Donna Hammer

 

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Donna Hammer, M.Ed, is the Director of Education in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland. She has served as the SPS chapter advisor for four years. Last spring, she was awarded the university-wide Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization Award for her work with SPS.  She is dedicated to student success. Hammer leads admissions and advising, instructional labs, and the lecture demonstration facility; outreach and public engagement; and diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs. Last fall, she co-led the first Conference for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorities in Physics (CU2MIP) with NIST, which will be held again in October, 2017. She is also an instructor and a lead on the department’s NSF S-STEM program.

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