Graduate Student Receives DOE Award for Research at Jefferson Lab

  • Christopher Cocuzza

A Temple University grad student has received a supplemental research award

NEWPORT NEWS – A graduate student who is working to better understand the internal structure of the proton has received a supplemental research award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program to conduct research at DOE’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.

Christopher Cocuzza is a graduate student at Temple University whose research is focused on parton distribution functions, which help nuclear physicists describe the internal dynamics of subatomic particles, such as protons and neutrons. He is one of 78 graduate students selected for the award.

Program awardees selected for the 2020 Solicitation 2 cycle represent 26 states and more than 19% attend minority-serving institutions. Through world-class training and access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources at DOE national laboratories, SCGSR prepares graduate students to enter jobs of critical importance to the DOE mission and secures our national position at the forefront of discovery and innovation.

“DOE has long been where the nation turns for scientific solutions to complex challenges, and now more than ever we need to invest in a diverse, talented pipeline of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who can continue this legacy of excellence,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “I’m thrilled that these outstanding students will help us tackle mission-critical research at our labs, and I can’t wait to see what their futures hold.”

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program research projects are expected to advance the graduate awardee’s overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE national laboratories and facilities. Awardees are eligible to receive a monthly stipend for general living expenses while at the host DOE laboratory/facility during the award period. They may also receive funds for travel between their host DOE facility and home institution.

Contact: Kandice Carter, Jefferson Lab Communications Office,


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

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