Stony Brook University Physics PhD student Jacob Larkin has been selected for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.
With this award, Larkin will spend six months, from January through June 2022, at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) in Batavia, IL, working on the installation of the Short Baseline Near Detector (SBND), which is part of the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) program at Fermilab.
“My thesis will be a search for neutrino oscillations from eV-scale sterile neutrinos using the three detectors that make up the SBN program, and SBND is an important part of that since it allows us to constrain some sources of uncertainty in our analysis,” he said. “So, this award will allow me to spend time at Fermilab to get hands-on experience with the hardware and help with the installation and commissioning of the detector, which is an important part of my thesis research.”
A total of 65 graduate students representing 29 states were chosen for the SCGSR program.
“The DOE Office of Science provides the scientific foundation for solutions to some of our nation’s most complex challenges, and now more than ever we need to invest in a diverse, talented pipeline of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who can help us build a brighter future,” said Dr. Harriet Kung, Deputy Director for Science Programs in the Office of Science. “These outstanding students will help us tackle mission-critical research at our labs as this experience helps them begin a successful and rewarding career.”
The goal of SCGSR is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) careers by providing graduate thesis research opportunities through extended residency at DOE national laboratories. The DOE SCGSR program plays an important role in sustaining a pipeline for highly skilled scientific and technological workforce development by providing new graduate research opportunities at DOE national laboratories.