Last month, the Universities Research Association Council of Presidents, consisting of 86 member universities, approved continuation of the URA Visiting Scholars at Fermilab Program for an additional five years. The program is supported by a $5,000 yearly assessment of its members during the five year period.
The initial five year URA commitment to the program, undertaken under the current DOE contract, was to expire at the end of 2011. The program, whose extension was approved with overwhelming support of the Council, will now function at the discretion of the Council.
The Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2007 to support visits by researchers from URA institutions. Visiting researchers work at Fermilab for periods of up to one year. Qualified researchers may be students, postdocs, or faculty doing research in areas such as high energy physics experiments, astrophysics, theory, accelerator physics, materials science and computer science, related to the Fermilab mission. Visits range from attendance at a conference and summer school programs to year-long stays.
Applications for the spring 2011 Visiting Scholars Program at Fermilab will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 18. Learn more and apply here.