Junior CS Major Lands Summer Research Grant at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Saint Michael's College student Thomas Dickerson, a junior computer science major from Bristol, Vt., has landed a prestigious grant to do summer research as a 2012 National Undergraduate Fellow at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Dickerson, the son of Deborah and Matthew Dickerson of Bristol, graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School before coming to Saint Michael’s.

“I'm very much looking forward to spending the summer at Princeton, and getting an opportunity to pursue two of my favorite disciplines for the same project, as it looks as if the project I will be working on is a computational model of physical processes,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson is a student of Saint Michael’s physics professors Dr. Alain Brizard and Dr. John O’Meara, both widely published researchers, Brizard in the field of plasma physics and O’Meara in the field of astrophysics.

The National Undergraduate Fellowship (funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences) is a prestigious 10-week research internship available for students interested in fusion science and engineering. The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $4800.

Center for Gyrokinetic Particle Simulation

Mr. Dickerson will be involved in computational work with physicists at the Center for Gyrokinetic Particle Simulation of Turbulent Transport in Burning Plasmas, which is funded by the U.S. DoE United States Department of Energy SciDAC (Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing) program.