High School Research Leads to Award

Sarah Nikles Siemens-Westinghouse Semifinalist

  • Dr. Gregory Thompson, assistant professor in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, spearheaded high school research experience through MINT’s MRSEC, summer 2004
  • Three students participated: Sarah Nikles and Andrew Nix (Bryant High) and Laura Beth Taggert (Tuscaloosa County High)
  • Andrew Nix will be competing in the West Alabama Science Fair, March 2005
  • Sarah Nikles developed new synthesis procedure for making FePt(Ni) nanoparticles. By changing the Ni content, Sarah tuned the magnetic coercivity to optimize the magnetism of the nanoparticles.
  • Sarah Nikles was a 2004 Siemens-Westinghouse Science Semi-finalist. This program recognizes high school students who show promise as the nation’s next-generation scientists and engineers.
  • Sarah Nikles was only one of two students given this honor in the state of Alabama
  • Sarah Nikles and Andrew Nix will be enrolling in UA’sChemical Engineering and Metallurgical & Materials Engineering programs, Fall 2005. Laura Taggertwill be majoring in Biology at UA-Birmingham