HUGS 2021

Conference Date

Official HUGS program on Indico - unofficial, static overview here

Live Stream of main lectures: see program and REYES calendar


  • Seminar/poster abstract: Thu, June 3
  • Mock Job applications: Fri, June 11th   <---  NEW ! 
  • Poster files: Mon, June 14
  • Seminar Slides: well before your talk (!) on Indico

---> News (28 May, 2021): New deadline for poster/seminar abstract. Info on the "HUGS seminars and posters"page
---> News (25 May, 2021): Seminar and poster info available on the "HUGS seminars and posters" page                                 
---> News (23 May, 2021): Program and Live Stream info available on the "HUGS program"page
News (23 May, 2021): Check also the "HUGS connections info" page
News (20 May, 2021): Nearly final program draft available (click HERE)

With support from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Jefferson Science Associates (JSA), lectures at the 36th Annual Hampton University Graduate Studies (HUGS) Program at Jefferson Lab are scheduled to run from Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, June 18, 2021.

This year due to on-site work restrictions, the e-HUGS 2021 school will take place fully remotely. Students that had been accepted for the later on cancelled HUGS 2020 will be given priority if they wish to participate this year. However, HUGS 2021 will allow for more participants than usual, and new applications are encouraged and very welcome! 

Acceptance into the program is competitive. Deadline for applications (and reference letters): April 11, 2021

About HUGS

The HUGS Program at Jefferson Lab is a summer school designed for experimental and theoretical nuclear and particle physics graduate students who have finished their coursework and have at least one year of research experience in these fields. Students who are well into a research project are also encouraged to apply. The program is simultaneously intensive, friendly, and casual. All lecturers are internationally renowned and leaders in their fields.

Even though this year’s school will exceptionally be remote, we will do all we can to give students as many opportunities as possible to interact among themselves, with the lecturers and also with Jefferson Lab staff and other graduate students. We are developing a diverse virtual social activity program, to also include remote tours of the JLab halls via live video.

Speakers and Topics:

The school will focus on experimental and theoretical topics of high current interest in strong interaction physics. In particular, students will receive excellent insight into the physics to be studied at Jefferson Lab and at the Electron-Ion Collider in the upcoming years, as well as related topics of interest in nuclear and particle physics. Speakers and topics for this year include:

In addition to the main lectures, the school will offer topical seminars by Jefferson Lab researchers, recitation sessions, and an opportunity for the students to present their research in a short seminar or poster.

In preparation for the school, you may check the references in the HUGS pedagogical page.


In partnership with the Old Dominion University's ODU REYES program (and powered by ODU Distance Learning) we will live stream for the first time in HUGS history all the main lectures and some of the Topical Seminars. Please join us at 10 am - 4 pm EDT on

Please check the main lectures program and the REYES calendar for the program of lectures.

For technical support, e-mail, or call +1-757-683-5318 or 1-800-462-0959 (Toll Free in the US)  (8am to 10pm ET)

Student seminars and poster prize:

On the last two days of the school, students will present their research in a 12+3 minutes series of short seminars, or in a poster session on the afternoon before.  Be ready, and tell us what cool research you are doing at your home institution! There usually is a lively discussion during the Q&A time, and the best 3 seminars and the best 3 posters will be selected and awarded the HUGS presentation prize. The winners will populate the prize's Wall of Fame!

Physics Careers Workshop:

As part of the HUGS school, we will also organize a mini-workshop on Physics Careers.

The organization of this mini-workshop is in progress, and more details will be made available later. Information on previous editions can be found in the HUGS archive

Fees and Student Support:

Due to its remote nature, the HUGS school will have no registration fees this year.


To start preparing for the application to HUGS 2021, please arrange for one letter of recommendation (ideally from your Ph.D. advisor) to be separately sent to the address below. 

Application received by April 11, 2021 will receive full consideration. Students will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.

Please forward all queries to:

HUGS 2021
Jefferson Lab
Attn: Mary Fox, Suite 1, MS-12H2
12000 Jefferson Avenue. Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: (757) 269-6263 Fax: (757) 269-7002

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