Margaret R. Lazarovits is a 2019-2023 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Kansas. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she received her B.A. with general honors in physics and a minor in theater and performance studies from the University of Chicago in 2018. At the University of Chicago, Lazarovits was president of her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and was an assistant director and actor in multiple University Theater Productions. She worked during the year in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a tour guide, senior interviewer and shift coordinator. In the summers, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant, with research in high energy physics and biophysics. Lazarovits is currently doing preliminary work on a search for supersymmetry, specifically for single lepton final states. She is also part of the group at KU working on the new MIP timing detector (MTD) for the CMS experiment at CERN, focusing on the behavior of LGAD sensors. She uses Deep and Convolutional Neural Networks, as well as non-machine learning methods, to analyze the timing resolution of the sensors. At KU, Lazarovits also started Learning Machine Learning, an interdisciplinary organization that meets weekly to discuss machine learning and its applications in research.
Mentor: Christopher Rogan, J.D. Stranathan Assistant Professor of Experimental Physics, Physics and Astronomy