MicroBooNE scientist Brooke Russell awarded 2019 Scharff-Goldhaber Prize

Brooke Russell

This is an edited version of an article originally published by Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Yale University doctoral student Brooke Russell has been awarded the 2019 Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber Prize, consisting of $1,000 and a certificate. Funded by Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science, the award was established in 1992 by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a nonprofit organization that supports and encourages the advancement of women in science.

The award recognizes substantial promise and accomplishment by female graduate students in physics who are enrolled in the graduate program at Stony Brook University and/or performing their thesis research at Brookhaven Lab. It commemorates the outstanding contributions of the late nuclear physicist Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber. In 1950, Scharff-Goldhaber became the first female Ph.D. physicist appointed to the Brookhaven Lab staff. She also was a founding member of BWIS.

Russell received an undergraduate degree in physics from Princeton University in 2011 and subsequently continued on at Princeton working with her senior thesis advisor Prof. Frank Calaprice on the Borexino experiment.

In 2014, Russell began doctoral research at Yale University under the supervision of Prof. Bonnie Fleming on the MicroBooNE experiment. She went to Brookhaven National Laboratory in the fall of 2016 to work under the tutelage of Xin Qian through a DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award.

Since then she has been working with physicists in Brookhaven’s Electronics Detector Group on MicroBooNE physics analyses. Upon receipt of her doctorate, she will go to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to work on 3D pixelated charge readout devices to enable the single phase LArTPC DUNE Near Detector physics program as an Owen Chamberlain Postdoctoral Fellow.