Fermilab to welcome 5 DOE Graduate Student Research Awardees this fall

Five students have received the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Award to conduct their research at Fermi National Particle Accelerator Laboratory.

The DOE Office of Science selected a total of 65 graduate students representing 29 states this cycle. The fellowship will expose students to world-class training and state-of-the-art facilities and resources at the DOE national laboratories. The Fermilab recipients are:



Mackenzie Devilbiss

Mackenzie Devilbiss, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Research project: Enhancing the Rejection Performance of the Dominant Background at Mu2e

Fermilab advisor: Robert Bernstein, Particle Physics Division



Alexander Hryciuk

Alexander Hryciuk, University of Chicago

Research project: The Large Aperture Telescope Commissioning Receiver for CMB-S4

Fermilab advisor: Bradford Benson, Particle Physics Division



David Kessler

David Kessler, University of Massachusetts

Research project: Reducing Systematic Uncertainties in Muon g-2 Magnetic Field Measurement and Analysis

Fermilab advisor: Hogan Nguyen, Particle Physics Division



Jacob Larkin

Jacob Larkin, Stony Brook University

Research project: Preparing the SBN near detector for sterile neutrino oscillation search

Fermilab advisor: Michelle Stancari, Neutrino Division



Benjamin Simons

Benjamin Simons, Northern Illinois University

Research project: Integration of advanced modeling and beam measuring techniques for protons to the Mu2e Experiment

Fermilab advisor: Diktys Stratakis, Accelerator Division



“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 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 the SCGSR program is to prepare U.S. graduate students for STEM careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission by providing graduate thesis research opportunities through extended residency at DOE national laboratories. While the research projects address scientific and technological challenges at national and international scales, the extended residency is expected to advance the awardees’ overall doctoral research and training with access to the expertise, resources and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

Awards were made through the SCGSR program’s first of two annual solicitation cycles for 2021. The 2021 Solicitation 2 cycle is open for applications until 5:00 p.m. ET, Nov. 10, 2021.

Fermilab is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit science.energy.gov.