Rapid Fire Research

Describing your research in a clear, concise, and stimulating way is as much of an art as a science, and is crucial for getting that funding or landing that dream job. Rapid Fire Research is an event showcasing the physics and astronomy student research at Northwestern, with a focus on developing the skills necessary for constructing an elegant and simple pitch of your research. Presenters must be graduate or undergraduate students active in physics or astronomy research. Winning presentations will be featured on the Rapid Fire Research website and receive cash prizes.

More information can be found at http://sites.northwestern.edu/rapidfireresearch/.

Presentation Specifics

  • Presentations must be less than 4 minutes long. There will be one additional minute for question(s). These time limits will be strictly enforced.
  • Presentations should be at a level that is accessible to undergraduates in the physical sciences who are interested in active research.
  • Presentations should include necessary background information, but primarily focus on the research of the student. 
  • Each presenter is allowed a maximum of 5 slides. 

2016 1st Place Graduate Student:

Zach Hafen

“Interpreting the Massive Gas Flows Around Galaxies”

2016 Runner-up Graduate Student:

Katie Breivik

“Distinguishing Between Formation Channels for Binary Black Holes with LISA”

2016 1st Place Undergraduate Student:

Trent Cwiok

“Acoustic Signaling in a Xenon Scintillating Bubble Chamber”

2016 Runner-up Undergraduate Student:

Benjamin Moy

“Microstructure of Aerogel”