Los Alamos

Internship Experience: Los Alamos National Lab

(FIU News) – FIU Chemistry and English major Frances Zengotita recently completed an internship with Los Alamos National Lab in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

At Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Zengotita researched the role of Chromohalobacter (a bacterium that can thrive in high salt concentrations) and its potential effect on the transportation of hazardous material in the environment. The project was for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), which is a deep geologic repository that handles and disposes of radioactive waste that was created during World War II and the Cold War.

“In a few words, I came to the realization that I want to pursue a doctorate degree in chemistry,” Zengotita said. “The lab experience showed that I was fully capable of performing under stressful situations. Moreover, I learned that I shine when I was given the ability to manage my experiments and analyze the collected data.”