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Open Quantum Initiative Fellowship Program

The Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) Undergraduate Fellowship offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain research experiences working in a quantum science laboratory or research group.

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Anais El Akkad

Anais El Akkad

Home Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Goldschmidt

Research Topic: Simulating superradiance in a rare-earth crystal

Atlas Bailly

Home Institution: Cornell University

Major: Physics and Mathematics

OQI Institution: Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Paul Kairys

Research Topic: Quantum control and dynamics of nitrogen-vacancy electron spins

Perla Bran

Perla Bran

Home Institution: Wilbur Wright College

Major: Chemical Engineer

OQI Institution: University of Chicago 

Faculty Mentor: Peter Duda

Research Topic: Coming soon

Erin Diran-Ojo

Home Institution: University of Michigan

Major: Electrical Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty Mentor: Jen Choy

Research Topic: Imaging and spectroscopy of color centers in diamond for quantum sensing and communication

Gabriel Gaeta

Gabriel Gaeta

Home Institution: San Jose State University

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Jiefei Zhang

Research Topic: Optical study of ion-ion interactions of rare-earth ions in oxide hosts for quantum memory applications

Manuel Olisser Gomez

Home Institution: Arizona State University

Major: Electrical Engineering

OQI Institution: Ohio State University

Faculty Mentor: Ronald M. Reano

Research Topic: Chip-scale quantum integrated optics and photonics

Imanol Hernandez

Manny Hernandez

Home Institution: University of California Los Angeles

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Andy Li

Research Topic: The impact of errors on variational quantum algorithms

Jade Kaminska

Home Institution: Illinois Wesleyan University

Major: Mathematics, Economics

OQI Institution: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty Mentor: Maxim Vavilov

Research Topic: Parametric Energy Transfer Between Microwave Resonators

Santiago Lopez

Santiago Lopez

Home Institution: Purdue University

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Gabe Perdue

Research Topic: Running quantum error correction (QEC) algorithms on a low-latency cryogenic electronics module for the readout and control of qubits

Matthew Lu

Home Institution: Vanderbilt University

Major: Physics; Mathematics

OQI Institution: Ohio State University

Faculty Mentor: Roland Kawakami

Research Topic: Optical studies of magnetism in quantum materials including 2D magnets and twisted 2D semiconductors

Kenneth Muhammad

Home Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Major: Electrical Science and Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Mentor: Paul Kwiat

Research Topic: Integrated optics for time-bin encoding and improved detector performance

Natasha Ninan

Natasha Ninan

Home Institution: University of Akron

Major: Electrical Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty Mentor: Mikhail Kats

Research Topic: Electromagnetic simulations, and the design and optimization of optical structures for interfacing with quantum systems

Peter Mugaba Noertoft

Home Institution: Stanford University

Major: Electrical Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Chicago 

Faculty Mentor: David Awschalom

Research Topic: Room temperature NV magnetometer for diamond growth characterization

Shlesha Patel

Home Institution: Wilbur Wright College

Major: Mechanical Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Faculty Mentor: Peter Abbamonte

Research Topic: Measure the noise characteristics and quantum efficiency of a charged particle detector

Jonathan Andrade

Jonathan Andrade Plascencia

Home Institution: Cornell University

Major: Chemistry, Physics

OQI Institution: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Gabe Perdue

Research Topic: Studying quantum error correction (QEC) algorithms on a low-latency cryogenic electronics module for the readout and control of qubits

Rachelle Rosiles

Rachelle Rosiles

Home Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Nazar Delegan

Research Topic: Investigation and quantum sensing of diamond surfaces and dark reporter spins using NV- in delta-doped diamond

Selvin Tobar

Home Institution: Wilbur Wright College

Major: Chemical Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Mentor: Daniel Shoemaker

Research Topic: Synthesis of rare-earth-based quantum information storage materials

Rain (Kimberly) Wang

Rain Wang

Home Institution: Harvard University

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Joe Heremans

Research Topic: Exploring quantum communication protocols under real-world conditions

Alejandro Aponte

Alejandro Aponte

Returning Fellow

Home Institution: Florida International University

Major: Physics

Industry InternshipQuantCAD

Industry Mentor: Jennifer Flatte

Ariadna Fernandez

Ariadna Fernandez

Returning Fellow

Home Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Major: Computer Science

Industry Internship: MemQ

Industry Mentor​​​​​​​: Robert Pettit

Gustavo Aldas

Home Institution: Passaic County Community College

Major: Electrical & Computer Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Mentor: Mikael Backlund

Research Topic: Nanoscale Magnetic Imaging Using Quantum Defects in Diamond

Alejandro Aponte

Alejandro Aponte

Home Institution: Florida International University

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Goldschmidt

Research Topic: Development of an Imaging System to Aid the Creation of an Optical Quantum Memory Based on Rare-earth Atoms in Cryogenically Cooled Solid-state Host

Ekaterina Arutyunova

Home Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Major: Physics & Electrical Engineering

OQI Institution: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Choy

Research Topic: Investigating the Impact of Low-Energy Electron Beam Irradiation on Nitrogen-Vacancy Formation in Diamond

Cody Castle

Home Institution: Wilbur Wright College

Major: Computer Engineering

OQI Institution: Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Joseph Heremans

Research Topic: Automation and Development of Diamond Membrane Delamination Process

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Eric J’Ryan Daniels

Home Institution: Stanford University

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: The Ohio State University

Faculty Mentor: Jay Gupta

Research Topic: Utilizing surface science techniques in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) to characterize and control the properties of individual quantum point defects

Ariadna Fernandez

Ariadna Fernandez

Home Institution: University of Illinois Chicago

Major: Computer Science

OQI Institution: University of Chicago

Faculty Mentor: Laura Gagliardi

Research Topic: Optimizing the Variational Quantum Eigensolver (VQE) for the LAS-UCC Ground State Energy Estimation Algorithm

Kaytlin Faith Harrison

Home Institution: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty Mentor: Baha Balantekin

Research Topic: Pulse-level Quantum Computing of Collective Neutrino Oscillations

Louisa Mary Kaplan

Home Institution: The College of William & Mary

Major: Physics

OQI Institution: The Ohio State University

Faculty Mentor: Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin

Research Topic: Tunneling Current in Hexagonal Boron Nitride Measured by Conductive AFM

Healey Kogan

Home Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Major: Engineering Physics

OQI Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Faculty Mentor: Jacob Covey

Research Topic: Fabry-Perot Test Cavity Development and Experimentation

Joseph Oluwole

Home University: Chicago State University

Major: Computer Science

OQI Institution: Fermilab 

Faculty Mentor: Gabriel Perdue

Research Topic: Qiskit Pulses and Transmon qubits in Quantum Computing

Adrian Portales

Home Institution: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Major: Mechanical Engineering

OQI Institution: Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty Mentor: Supratik Guha

Research Topic: Development of a Methodology for Stacking Dissimilar Crystalline Materials to Make Quantum Devices

Tiarna Marie Wise

Home Institution: Coppin State University

Major: Computer Science

OQI Institution: University of Chicago

Faculty Mentor: David Awschalom

Research Topic: Quantum Instrumentation Control Kit (QICK) for Optically Active Spin Qubits

 

Funding for the Summer 2023 Open Quantum Initiative is provided by: the University of Chicago, Q-NEXT at Argonne National Laboratory, the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, HQAN at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, The Ohio State University, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundationand UChicago’s Inclusive Innovation in the Sciences Fund.