Postdoctoral scientist Adi Ashkenazi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has earned the Universities Research Association 2020 Tollestrup Award for her research into neutrinos, ghostly particles that can pass through solid matter at high speeds without slowing. Working with two different experiments, she and her collaborators hope to improve their simulations of neutrino interactions with atomic nuclei.

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…