University of Alabama student Allison McCarthy of Brewster, NY, recently shared results of research at the RRS Live program, an interactive broadcast of projects conducted by students in the Randall Research Scholars Program. Students discussed the goals, outcomes and societal impact of the research they conducted during the fall 2018 semester.
McCarthy, whose major is Aerospace Engineering, shared information on a project titled "X-ray Emission from a Star-Black Hole Tidal Disruption Event." The student's adviser is Dr. Jimmy Irwin in Physics and Astronomy.
The Randall Research Scholars Program (formerly Computer-Based Honors) pairs exceptional students directly with leading research professors and cutting-edge computing technology to complete scholarly research projects in any field of study.
During their freshman year, students complete an intensive series of courses on technology fundamentals, problem solving, project management and research fundamentals. These skills enable students to quickly learn and adapt to new knowledge domains and technical environments required for faculty-directed research projects.
Throughout their sophomore to senior years, Randall Research students students interview with faculty and select a project to work on as a research assistant with a faculty member who will act as project director.
The University of Alabama, the state's oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.