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2 MVCC Engineering Science students chosen for Cornell internships

Two Engineering Science majors at Mohawk Valley Community College have been awarded the Cornell University Physics Departments’ Summer Research Internship.

The students, Matthew Zotta and Ashley Holbrooks, will work in Professor Matthias Liepe’s Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) group for a period of eight weeks this June and July. Each will receive a stipend of $3,920 plus housing.

Holbrooks, of Sauquoit, is scheduled to graduate from MVCC in May. Among her accomplishments is the Clarkson Leadership Award, which she received while a junior in high school.

Zotta, of Deerfield, also is scheduled to graduate from MVCC in May. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, president of the Future Engineers Club, and a peer tutor in the MVCC Learning Center for math and physics. Zotta also has been named to the President’s List and Vice President’s List at MVCC.

The internship is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Through the program, four to five Upstate New York community college students interested in a career in science, engineering, and technology, are invited to participate in cutting-edge research at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE). This is the third consecutive year that MVCC students have won the internship.

The SRF group at Cornell is dedicated to the study of the basic phenomena and application of superconductivity in high frequency conditions. Cornell’s SRF group has been a worldwide leader in the field of radio frequency superconductivity and its application to high-energy accelerators and synchrotron light sources.