Elizabeth Laskowski, a junior from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, spent her summer at ELL learning about optical techniques used to measure the density profile for gasses and plasmas. In 2016, Laskowski toured ELL as an attendee of the UNL Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences (WoPhyS), and this sparked her interest in conducting a summer research project at ELL. Her summer research project, funded through the Nebraska EPSCoR REU program, contributed to the larger goal of the lab, which is to measure the plasma density profile in real time with femtosecond and micron resolution. Describing her experience, Laskowski said, "Working at ELL ... introduced me to the beautiful world of optics and high-intensity laser physics. It opened the door to a lot of opportunities and I could not be happier with my experience at ELL." Given Laskowski's exemplary research effort, Prof. Umstadter nominated her to be a featured student speaker at WoPhyS 2017. We look forward to Laskowski's talk in November!