The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded support for a pilot Research Traineeship for Diversity in Nuclear Physics program at Wright Lab for undergraduates and recent college graduates to gain hands-on research experience before graduate school. The traineeship is aimed at training and retaining a diverse cohort of next-generation scientists as future nuclear physicists and leaders in science.
The 2023-24 academic year program is full. Please fill out the student research interest form to apply for summer 2024 and beyond.
- Who can apply? undergraduates and recent college graduates, in particular underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students
- When is the program? students can apply for a semester (Fall: late Aug-Dec, Spring: Jan-May), an academic year (Aug-May), or the summer (June- early Aug)
- When should I apply? Please see the sidebar “Apply for Student Research Opportunities” on this page for more information about application deadlines.
Program activities include:
- hands-on research experiences
- mentoring from Yale researchers
- training workshops
- immersion in the Wright Lab and Yale research communities
- networking with the national nuclear physics community
- opportunities to participate in and/or lead outreach activities
Traineeship program contacts
Professor of Physics,
Chair of Yale Physics,
Director of Wright Lab
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
|2023-24||Sergio Oscar Nuñez Silva
||Karsten Heeger||Project 8 experiment|
|2023-24||Celín Hidalgo||Karsten Heeger||Project 8 experiment|
|2022 (Summer)||Trent Rayford||Karsten Heeger, Pranava Teja Surukuchi, Arina Telles||Design of test stand to characterize antennas for the Project 8 experiment|
More about the DOE Research Traineeships to Broaden and Diversify Nuclear Physics (TBD-NP)
This pilot program is intended to support training and research experiences for members of underserved communities with the goal of increasing the likelihood that participants from underrepresented populations, such as those present at minority serving institutions (MSIs), will pursue a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) related field, particularly in Nuclear Physics. This program is informed and influenced by the recommendations in recent reports, including the American Institute of Physics TEAM-UP report.
The DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics’ (NP) mission is to discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter and the evolution and underlying structure of our universe. NP supports a wide range of activities including experimental, theoretical, and computational research along with the development and operation of particle accelerators and advanced technologies. The ability of NP to fulfill this mission relies on the availability of a highly trained, diverse community of investigators, researchers, students and staff that provide great benefit to the nation broadly by contributing to and advancing fields such as medicine, national security, industry, and finance. Historically, the NP community has been drawn primarily from a pool of potential talent that is less diverse than the general U.S. population. It is the goal of this program to help broaden and diversify the NP community, to ensure that it is drawn from the broadest possible pool of potential nuclear physicists within the U.S., and to thereby help ensure the success of the NP mission.