Office of Science highlights UC physics student's fellowship

UC graduate student Lauren Street will work at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science highlighted a University of Cincinnati graduate student's fellowship at the National Fermi Accelerator Laboratory.

Lauren Street portrait.

UC student Lauren Street

Physics student Lauren Street was awarded a graduate student research fellowship by the Office of Science, which will allow her to work at the Illinois-based national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics.

Previously, UC graduates Joshua Eby and Fady Bishara received similar fellowships.

Street said she will be exploring questions surrounding dark matter. Scientists think much of the known universe is made up of dark matter, but nobody has observed it directly.

What is dark matter?

“We don’t quite know,” Street said. “We see it in the rotation curves of galaxies. We can infer it when we look through our telescopes. But we haven’t observed it directly, so there are a lot of theories surrounding it.”

Street said she is excited at the prospect of meeting scientists who share her enthusiasm.

“Working in a national lab, you have people around you that can help you understand the astrophysics or theoretical physics behind these questions,” she said.

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