The nature of the program is to fund a unique undergraduate research opportunity for students of physics at U.Va. that will take advantage of the Project Initiator’s joint position between U.Va. and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab). There are three important components to the program:
- Students should do an independent study during the Spring of their program year to master tools required to perform research at Fermilab
- Students will then spend the Summer doing research at Fermilab (presumably, they will perform at a higher level than most undergraduate programs since they spent the previous Semester preparing their project)
- Students will attend the meeting of the South Eastern Section of the American Physical Society in the Fall of their program year to present their work in a verbal presentation and/or a poster.
The primary mission of the program is to provide an intense and rewarding professional research experience for undergraduate physics students at one of the premier national labs in the US. This experience will help prepare them for a scientific career.