The Distinguished Scientist Promotion Committee, chaired by physicist Beate Heinemann of the German laboratory DESY, has recommended three Fermilab scientists be awarded the title of distinguished scientist in 2020: Brenna Flaugher, Andreas Kronfeld and Lia Merminga.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected three Fermilab scientists to receive the 2020 DOE Early Career Research Award, now in its 11th year. The prestigious award is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

In April Fermilab initiated the New Initiatives, an annual, competitive call for proposals to attract new members and ideas to the detector R&D community at the lab. We are happy to announce the three New Initiatives awards for 2020. The principal investigators for all three selected proposals are new additions to Fermilab’s detector R&D team.

Hector Carranza Jr. of the University of Texas at Arlington has received the prestigious Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award, or SCGSR, to conduct his research at Fermilab. DOE awarded the fellowship to 62 students from U.S. universities. He will work on light-mass dark matter searches at the ICARUS neutrino experiment.

The FRA Scholarship deadline is quickly approaching. Online applications will be accepted through the ISTS portal through March 29, 2020. More information on the FRA Scholarship can be found at:

Fermilab and the Universities Research Association invite submissions for the annual URA Thesis Award competition. Nominations must be submitted to Chris Stoughton (  by Friday, March 20, and should include two letters supporting the merits of the thesis being nominated. At least one letter should be from a member of the thesis committee of the PhD granting institution and, for work carried out in collaboration with Fermilab scientists, at least one of the letters should come from one of those…

Please join us for a brief ceremony celebrating innovation at Fermilab and honoring more than 40 individuals who received patents or filed Records of Invention during 2019. The awards ceremony will be followed by a special lecture entitled, “Speaking While Thinking: Reflecting on a Few Lessons Learned as a Woman Among Scientists (and Doctors and Bankers),” by Michelle Hoffmann, Senior Vice President, Life Sciences, P33 Chicago. The event will be held at the IARC Building Lecture Hall from 10 a.m….

DESCRIPTION Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA) makes an award for outstanding work conducted by an early career researcher at Fermilab or benefiting the Fermilab scientific program. The award is presented during the annual Users Meeting held at Fermilab in June. ELIGIBILITY All Ph.D. researchers at Fermilab or URA member institutions, who are within six years of their initial appointment to a tenure-track or a Fermilab tenure-track equivalent position* as of the nomination deadline are eligible. Career breaks and time spent…

Wilson Hall 2nd Fl Art Gallery, Friday, Jan. 24, at 2:00 p.m. Please join Fermilab scientists and a delegate from JB Nelson Elementary to announce the winner of the JB Nelson Reverse Science Fair. Fermilab scientists presented their “science projects” and the students were the judges. Come and see who will take home the trophy!

The Universities Research Association announces an opportunity for the spring 2020 award cycle under its Visiting Scholars Program. Proposals for this cycle are due Monday, Feb. 24, and awards are anticipated to be announced at the end of March. Individual proposals may be submitted by researchers who are faculty, postdocs or graduate students at URA member universities. Researchers are defined as graduate students, postdocs or faculty doing research in areas such as high-energy physics experiments, astrophysics, theory, accelerator physics, engineering,…