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January 1, 2024 to February 28, 2024
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The US ATLAS Summer Undergraduate Program for Exceptional Researchers (SUPER) provides funding for undergraduate students in the US to work on ATLAS physics analysis, performance tools, detector and electronics R&D, core software and computing during the summer.

The ATLAS Experiment, located at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, is a worldwide effort with over 3000 physicists and engineers, including 45 US universities and national labs (US-ATLAS).  The ATLAS physics program aims to improve our understanding of the Universe - its birth, evolution, current state, and future.  ATLAS offers a wide range of practical applications and educational opportunities.  

Students currently enrolled at an undergraduate institution may apply to participate in the 8-week SUPER program at a US-ATLAS institute.  (This program is for student to do research at a university or lab within the US and will not fund students to do research at CERN.)  Successful applicants will be eligible for a $6000 stipend to cover living expenses.  Participants are expected to spend at least 8 weeks at a US-ATLAS institute to carryout their summer research work.

Applicants should identify as one of the following types of student:

  1. Students who are enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) that does not have a US-ATLAS group, and who are willing to travel to a US-ATLAS institution for the 8-week program.  Students in this group do not need to have identified a US-ATLAS member as a mentor in advance, one will be identified by the program.  Funds to support travel to the US-ATLAS site will be provided by the SUPER program.
  2. Students who are enrolled at or near a US-ATLAS institution, and who have an existing relationship with a member of US-ATLAS who will serve as their mentor.  These students are expected to continue their research at their home US-ATLAS institution.

Program overview and expectations:

  • Selected students will work with their supervisor to determine their expected start date.  
  • Students will meet with their supervisor on a regularly basis.  
  • Each student will send a one-page progress report at the halfway point (4-5 weeks after starting).
  • Each student will submit a final project report at the conclusion of the research period. 
  • We will organize a SUPER Symposium near the end of the summer for all SUPER participants to give a short presentation of their research.  
  • Finally, students should send any cool photos, diagrams, plots, etc. that highlight their research activities.

Students from historically under represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Interested students can apply by following the Registration (link in the left side of this page).  The application deadline is February 28, 2024.