Morgan Menke, an electrical engineering major from Ridgeley, was one of 60 students selected nationally – and the only one from West Virginia – by the Council on Undergraduate Research to showcase their work on Capitol Hill during the annual Posters on the Hill session. The competitive event gives students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.
Menke met with various congressional staff members and federal government officials during the poster symposium, in which she discussed her research that focuses on creating algorithms for real-time analysis of isolated astrophysical pulses. The pulses have been detected by many radio telescopes, including the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia.
Menke was also able to visit the offices of senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito and congressmen Evan Jenkins and David McKinley to discuss the overall importance of undergraduate research.