Augustana College

NAME:
Augustana College

HOME TOWN:
Sioux Falls, SD

MASCOT:
Ole the Viking

COLORS:
Navy and yellow

COLLABORATING AT FERMILAB SINCE:
2006

WORLDWIDE PARTICLE PHYSICS COLLABORATIONS:
CUBED (Sanford Underground Research Laboratory), DarkSide (Fermilab and Gran Sasso National Laboratory), DZero, PHENIX (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

NUMBER OF SCIENTISTS AND STUDENTS INVOLVED:
Two faculty and about six students

PARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH FOCUS:
The group focuses on the strong and weak forces. In our weak-force activities we have examined diboson production and now focus on direct detection of WIMPs. Our strong-force activities have focused on studies of jets and their modification in the nuclear environment as well as the modification of the gluon wave function of the nucleus at low x.

WHAT SETS PARTICLE PHYSICS AT AUGUSTANA APART?
The Augustana College particle physics group is one of only a few groups in which undergraduate education is the primary focus. Our goal is to give our exceptional students a balanced education that not only prepares them for graduate coursework but also introduces them to research so they are ready to participate in research activities when they arrive at graduate school. We are proud that, since the group started in 2006, we have sent students to graduate programs at Arizona State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Minnesota.

FUNDING AGENCIES:
NSF, Research Corporation, State of South Dakota, NASA Space Grant

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