Graduate Studies

University of Oklahoma

Degree: Doctorate of Philosophy in Physics

Specialization: Experimental High Energy Physics (HEP).

Dates: August 2017 to Present

Expected Graduation: May 2022

Awards: Kalbfleisch Award for Outstanding Students in High Energy Physics, May 2019

University of Oklahoma

Degree: Master of Science in Physics

Dates: August 2017 to May 2019

Coursework: Classical Mechanics, Mathematical Methods, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics I & II, Electrodynamics I & II, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Solid State Physics, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Advanced Quantum Field Theory, Advanced Topics in Nuclear and Particle Physics (independent study), and Special Topics in Quantum Field Theory (independent study).

Undergraduate Studies

University of North Florida

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Physics

Minor: Mathematical Science

Dates: August 2008 to May 2012, January to May 2017

Coursework: Calculus-Based Physics I & II, Mathematical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Astrophysics II, Electronics for Scientists, Advanced Physics Laboratory, Modern Physics, Advanced Calculus I & II, Operations Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Calculus III, Vector Analysis, Number Theory, General Chemistry II, and Introduction to Computer Science.

Awards: Hercules Scholarship for Outstanding Physics Students, January 2012

Current Projects

Analyzing data collected by the ATLAS Detector in order to find evidence of LLPs in events where a Higgs boson is produced in association with a vector boson and the LLPs decay to four b quark jets inside of the Pixel Detector.

Optimizing the large radius track reconstruction algorithm for LLPs decaying in the upcoming Inner Tracker of the ATLAS detector.

Building the hardware for systematic stress testing the new silicon pixel modules for the next upgrade to the ATLAS detector.

Simulating LLP decays within the MATHUSLA detector and determining the optimal parameters for distinguishing events with Standard Model (SM) and SM + dark matter decay products.

Searching for long-lived particles beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider. J. Alimena, et. al. March 11, 2019. arXiv:1903.04497

Past Projects

Solid State Chemistry: developed, examined, tested, and compared samples of fine metallic powders to obtain thermal and conductivity properties

Nano-Optics Lab: used COMSOL and MATLAB to simulate and test properties of gold nanorods with sinusoidal interfaces

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

January 2019 to Present

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

CUWiP is an American Physical Society organized conference that is dedicated to the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in physics. I completed and submitted our application for the University of Oklahoma to be one of 13 sites hosting CUWiP in the US and Canada. Naturally, I became the chair of the local organizing committee and brought together a group of volunteers at all levels within the Department of Physics and Astronomy to serve on the organizing committee. Normally the chair of the local organizing committee is a faculty member, so I recruited Dr. Doerte Blume to be the faculty chair to assist in organizing and perform the faculty-only tasks. The conference will be held on January 17th - 19th.

Tasks: Determined and maintained the budget for the conference, raised over $20k in conference funds, booked the lodging and conference venues, developed a subcommittee structure to ensure all aspects of organization are managed, developed our conference website CUWiP@OU 2020 along with all social media accounts, designed and ordered all promotional items for conference attendees, and served as MC throughout the conference. After the conference is over, I remained to serve on the National Organizing Committee to advise the future organizers of CUWiP 2021.

Women in Physics

August 2017 to Present


The University of Oklahoma chapter of Women in Physics was started in August 2017 with an endowment from the American Physical Society. For the fall semester of 2017, I was a member of the club. By the end of the semester, the original President came to me and asked if I could take over starting in January 2018. I served as President of Women in Physics until May 2020.

Tasks: Set up an officer structure within the chapter, wrote out the bylaws, established the chapter as a registered student organization at the university, coordinated outreach events including holding a booth at the NSF EPSCOR Women in Science Conference in 2018 and 2019, and established the Professional Development Luncheon Series which holds presentations for the entire department discussing issues such as diversity and inclusion and maintaining mental health in academia and developing skills like public speaking.

US ATLAS Computing Workshop

December 2019 - Present


The US ATLAS Collaboration holds a series of Computing Workshops for upcoming graduate students doing research with the ATLAS Collaboration. As a former participant of one of these workshops, I was contacted by previous organizers and was asked to help organize future workshops. In December 2019, the proposal for the next workshop was submitted and we will begin organizing shortly. I plan on being one of the instructors of the workshops and to help with the clerical details of the workshop.

Society of Physics Students

August 2008 - May 2012


I became a member of the Society of Physics Students chapter at the University of North Florida the semester I started attending. As a member, I participated in university-wide events held by the chapter and attended the American Physical Society March Meeting in March 2018. In May 2010 I was elected to be the President of the Society of Physics Students and was re-elected the year after.

Tasks: Gathered volunteers and scheduled free tutoring hours for students taking physics classes, fundraised (through events and the Student Senate) and scheduled a club trip to Kennedy Space Center to tour the Applied Physics Labs and the NASA buildings on campus, organized four campus-wide events including an egg-drop competiton and science jeopardy.


C++, Python, HTML


Version Control with Git, Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery, CMake

HEP-Specific Frameworks

ROOT, Athena, xAODAnaHelpers

ATLAS Package Contributions

Hto4bLLP Group - analysis-specific software package
DVAnalysisBase - package for analyses who study displaced vertices
LongLivedParticleDPDMaker - offline analysis-specific event selector during event reconstruction
DerivationFrameworkSUSY - package to trim, skim, and slim files for analyses