6 students awarded DOE graduate student research fellowships

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

The DOE Office of Science selected a total of 80 graduate students representing 27 states this award 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:

William Asztalos.

William Asztalos, Illinois Institute of Technology

Research project:  Nanofibrous Target Materials for Use in High Power Particle Beams

Fermilab advisor: Sujit Bidhar

Grace Chesmore.

Grace Chesmore, University of Chicago

Research project:  Feedhorn Development and Testing for Precision Measurements of the CMB with CMB-S4

Fermilab advisor: Sara Simon

Celeste Keith.

Celeste Keith, University of Chicago

Research project:  Proposed Testing Dark Matter and Primordial Black Holes Using Future gamma-ray Telescopes

Fermilab advisor: Gordan Krnjaic

Zepyoor Khechadoorian.

Zepyoor Khechadoorian, Cornell University

Research project:  Measurement of the Muon Anomalous Magnetic Moment

Fermilab advisor: Chris Polly

David Robinson.

David Robinson, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Fermilab advisor: Nickolay Gnedin

Research project:  Approximating Radiation-Field Dependent Cooling and Heating Functions with Machine Learning

Christina Wenlu Wang.

Christina Wenlu Wang, California Institute of Technology

Fermilab advisor: Cristian Pena

Research project:  Dark matter exploration at the LHC and QIS­-enabled direct dark matter searches

“For decades, DOE has cultivated the expertise to meet the nation’s greatest scientific challenges. Now more than ever, we need to invest in a diverse, talented pipeline of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who will be the future science and innovation leaders of this country,” said Under Secretary of Science and Innovation Geraldine Richmond. “I’m thrilled these outstanding students will help us tackle critical research at our labs, and I know their futures are bright.”

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, this opportunity is expected to advance the awardees’ overall doctoral research and training with access to the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories.

The awardees receive supplemental awards to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE scientist.

The award period for the proposed research project at the DOE laboratory may range from three to 12 consecutive months.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 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, please visit science.energy.gov.