HUGS 2022

Conference Date
Conference Location

In person at Jefferson Lab (!) with a hybrid component

May 25th - The nearly final program is available on the program page linked on the left 

HUGS 2022

Applications are now closed. (Deadline for applications and financial support was April 17, 2022.)

With support from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Jefferson Science Associates (JSA), lectures at the 37th Annual Hampton University Graduate Studies (HUGS) Program at Jefferson Lab are scheduled to run from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 17, 2022. Students will arrive on Monday, May 30 and depart on Saturday, June 18.

The HUGS Program at Jefferson Lab is an educational summer program 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. The students will be housed on site at Jefferson Lab, and there will be many opportunities to interact with Jefferson Lab staff, as well as the lecturers, other graduate students and visitors. Acceptance into the program is competitive, and a limited number of scholarships is available. More information about the scholarships below.

Please note: All Jefferson Lab visitors are still required to arrive with proof of vaccination or a negative test result before they will be admitted on site. In the event of a COVID resurgence with elevated regional contagion risk as determined by the CDC, the school may become fully virtual, like last year, or be canceled. Please, keep an eye on this website for such an announcement. Accepted students will also be notified directly.

Speakers and Topics:

The program 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:

Main lectures:

Topical Seminars:

In addition to the main lectures, the school offers 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.

Student seminars and poster prize:

On the last two days of the school, the students attending in person will have the opportunity to present their research in a series of 12+3 minutes short seminars, with a limit of 36 presentations. Those attending remotely and the other in person HUGS students will be able to present their research in a virtual poster session. 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!

Student Support:

Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Energy, we will be able to offer a limited number of standard HUGS fellowships that will cover registration fees, lodging at the SURA residence facility (where kitchen facilities are available) and a contribution towards meal expenses. Students interested in this opportunity should note so in the registration page, and address their financial needs in the appropriate field.

Unfortunately, there will be no JSA/HUGS fellowship for Graduate Students from Developing Countries this year. We expect to resume the program in 2023.


To apply to HUGS 2022, please click the application link on the left panel, and arrange for one letter of recommendation (ideally from your Ph.D. advisor) to be separately sent to the address below. 

Applications received by the deadline of April 17 will receive full consideration. Students will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible.

Please forward all queries to:

HUGS 2022
Jefferson Lab
Attn: Mary Fox, Suite 1, MS-12H2
12000 Jefferson Avenue. Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: (757) 269-6263 Fax: (757) 269-7002