Learn what nature looks like at 10^-20 meters and study the Higgs boson, dark matter, and other huge questions about our universe.
We perform research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. There are a large number of tasks that can be done over the academic year and in the summertime (the latter are paid internships that involve travel to CERN or the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, IL).
There are hardware-based tasks, where you will participate in construction and quality assurance tasks while we build the next generation of detectors at the LHC, or study the detector performance of the current detectors already installed.
There are software-based tasks, which may include machine-learning based reconstruction and identification techniques, calibration of energy and directions of particles in our detector, or other tasks.
There are analysis-based tasks, which may include analysis of collisions to understand the tiny quantum-mechanical interactions that occur at the LHC, including things like the Higgs boson and the top quark, or even more exotic things like dark matter.
The project outcomes have varied in the past. Previous students have:
|Length of commitment||Long (longer than a semester, 6-9 months)|
|Start time||Any time|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Stipend|
|Who is eligible||Undergraduate students with 1 semester of physics (PHY 107/117 or equivalent) and 1 semester of programming (CSE 113/115 or equivalent)|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience.
To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.
Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:
Read all of the introductory material:
Work through all of the introductory tutorials:
Take a look at additional, helpful (but not required) resources: