Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Summer 2017

Samuel Bright-Thonney : Physics and Applied Mathematics

Mentor: Marjorie Shapiro, Physics

Prof. Shapiro is an experimental particle physicist and a leader of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory affiliated collider experiment known as: ATLAS collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). One of the most important pieces of the ATLAS research program is to search for new phenomena and interactions never before observed at the most basic level of nature. One class of theory that predicts such interactions is “Supersymmetry.” Samuel is working on the search for Supersymmetry in a special class of models where some of the Supersymmetric particles can propagate a measurable distance before decaying.

Donor: Chandra Research Fellows - Chandra Fund
Message to Sponsor:

URAP has been an incredible opportunity to get involved in the research happening at the frontier of physics. My experience in the program has been an integral part of my undergraduate education and solidified my desire to pursue particle physics in graduate school. I am immensely grateful to this program for helping me pursue my passion for physics, and thankful to the generous Chandra Fund that sponsored my work this summer.