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Student Researcher Selected to Present on Capitol Hill

April 2, 2015

Student researcher Haroon Khan, left, with faculty mentor Geoffrey Lovelace, was invited to present his gravitational-wave research at the "Posters on the Hill" event in Washington, D.C.

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Undergraduate researcher Haroon Khan has been invited to present his gravitational-wave research on colliding black holes April 23 at the 2015 "Posters on the Hill" in Washington, D.C., where he will have the opportunity to speak directly with members of Congress.

The Council on Undergraduate Research is presenting the event, in which submitted projects underwent a rigorous review process and were selected as the best undergraduate research efforts from around the country. Khan's project focuses on the behaviors of merging black holes and how they can be an important source of gravitational waves for the NSF-supported Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory project, known as Advanced LIGO.  

Khan, a junior majoring in electrical engineering and pursuing a minor in physics, works in the lab of Geoffrey Lovelace, assistant professor of physics, who will accompany him. A community college transfer student, Khan was introduced to Lovelace's research as a participant in CSUF's Strengthening Transfer Education and Matriculation in STEM summer program and worked in the University's Gravitational Wave Physics and Astronomy Center.

"I enjoyed the research so much that I decided to transfer to CSUF," said Khan, who aspires to a career at NASA. "It's exciting to see that my hard work is paying off."


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