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Two ODU Doctoral Students Win Jefferson Lab Fellowships

Subashini De Silva and William Ford, doctoral students in physics at Old Dominion University, are among eight graduate students who have received 2011-2012 Jefferson Science Associates/Jefferson Lab graduate fellowships to conduct research at their universities and at Jefferson Lab. This is Ford's second year as a fellow in this program.

Other winners are:

• Evan Berkowitz, University of Maryland

• Zachary Brown, College of William and Mary

• Min Huang, Duke University

• Ziyue Li, North Carolina State University

• Kai Pan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Nathan Sparks, Florida State University

JSA/JLab fellowship recipients attend universities that are members of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, a consortium of more than 60 leading research universities. The students' research proposals cover a broad scientific spectrum, including experimental physics, theoretical physics and particle accelerator research and development.

The SURA Board of Trustees first established the fellowship program in 1989. Since then, 164 fellowships have been awarded to students from 19 different SURA-member universities.

The JSA/JLab Graduate Fellowship Program is now supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund. Each fellowship award is comprised of one-half of an academic year research assistant stipend, plus a $2,000 supplement. Each student's home institution matches half of the research assistantship. An additional $2,000 is also available for research related travel support for the student.

The JSA president and Jefferson Lab director, Hugh Montgomery, noted, "The fellowship winners are among the best and brightest students, and their selection makes it possible for them to become fully immersed in their research while also tapping into the unique capabilities of Jefferson Lab. It is because of programs such as the JSA/JLab graduate fellowships that Jefferson Lab is able to produce about one-third of the U.S. Ph.D.s in nuclear physics each year. More importantly, we are helping to educate and train the next generation of science leaders and increase science literacy, while furthering the lab's mission to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of matter."

This article was posted on: September 29, 2011

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