Jefferson Lab Graduate Student Researchers Receive DOE Awards

  • John Alan Boyd
  • Sean Jeffas
  • Casey Alan Morean

Three graduate students have received support from the Department of Energy to conduct research at Jefferson Lab

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Three graduate students have gotten a financial boost from DOE to conduct research at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. The students have received supplemental research awards from the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.

All three awardees are involved in experiments at Jefferson Lab in pursuit of their Ph.D.s. in nuclear physics. They include:
•    Casey Alan Morean is based at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Morean will be working on an experiment to measure short-range correlations to better understand the short-range nucleon-nucleon interaction.
•    John Alan Boyd is based at the University of Virginia. Boyd will focus on the design, production, installation and operation of gas electron multiplier detectors for the Jefferson Lab Super BigBite Spectrometer project for a new generation of high-precision experiments in order to measure the electromagnetic form factor of the nucleon at increased momentum transfers.
•    Sean Jeffas is based at the University of Virginia. Jeffas is also working on the testing and installation of gas electron multiplier detectors that are capable of measuring particle positions with extremely high spatial resolution and operating at a high production rate for the Super BigBite Spectrometer physics program.
DOE recently announced 62 new awardees in the Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program from 50 different U.S. universities who are carrying out part of their doctoral dissertation/thesis research in 14 DOE national laboratories/facilities. All of these research projects address scientific challenges central to Office of Science mission areas across its six research programs.

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.

Further Reading: 
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

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