The Italian Summer Student program at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab, Video) started in 1983 within the rapidly-growing collaboration among the University of Pisa, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics of Italy (INFN) and Fermilab. In the first year 3 undergraduate physics students from the University of Pisa worked for 3 months at the construction of the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). In the following 35 years, with altogether over 550 physics and engineering students employed in all Fermilab Divisions, the program has become part of the extensive Fermilab educational effort. It is run by the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab (CAIF), under the sponsorship of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the Italian Embassy in Washington. Student grants are secured also by the the Scuola Superiore di Sant'Anna of Pisa (SSSA) and by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for students to be trained in US space enters. The original program has been recently extended to train students at US research institutions other than Fermilab. These have included the DOE Argonne National Laboratory, and several US space science Laboratories. Space science internships for the year 2019 are announced in the following link (ASI is going to publish the 2019 opening soon). Private companies operating in the field of research and development are looking with interest at this educational program. The program was recently presented at the 12th International Conference of Education and Development (INTED 2018) (Seville, 17th - 19th November 2014) and EPS-2017 (poster). To spread more broadly the beneficial effects of joining Fermilab research activities among EU students the University of Pisa has included this program among its educational Summer Schools since the year 2015. Accordingly, as of that year applicants can choose to enroll as University of Pisa students for the 9 weeks duration of the Summer School. Upon successful completion of the training, the University of Pisa will grant them 6 "CFU" credits (see paragraph below on "Credits").
The University of Pisa Summer School is also part of the Outreach program of the European Projects
MUSE - "Muon campus in US and Europe contribution" (Grant Agreement 690835, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015),
NEWS - "New windows on the universe and technological advancements from trilateral EU-US-Japan collaboration" (Grant Agreement 734303, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016),
and INTENSE - "INTENSE: particle physics experiments at the high intensity frontier, from new physics to spin-offs. A cooperative Europe - United States - Japan effort" (Grant Agreement 822185, H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018).
The Summer School is oriented for Master Degree students or Master Graduate within 1 year since graduation in Physics, Applied Physics, Medical Physics, Engineering, Computing Science and Materials Science. Physics students will be trained in the research groups working on the new Fermilab initiatives (Mu2e, Muon g-2, NOvA and Video), MicroBooNE), LAriAT, ICARUS, DUNE), or in the Fermilab group which collaborates with the CMS experiment at CERN, or in the theory group. Some students may be still involved in the analysis of CDF data, within the CDF physics groups. For some students the internship may take place in other US laboratories or universities. The internships of Engineering, Computing Science, and Materials Science students take place in the Fermilab Accelerator Division (AD), in the Techical Division (TD), in the Scientific Computing Division (CD), or in groups involved in technogical and applied research at other laboratories and universities within the US. Each student is assigned to a supervisor who is responsabile of her/his training program. After a month of stay, students must give a mid-term oral presentation to show adequate progress of their research program. A final oral presentation and a detailed written report must be presented at the conclusion of the program. In some cases of mutual interest, the 9-week internship can be extendedby by several months to allow students to complete a Master Degree Thesis. Since 2010 Fermilab keeps an online record of the summer students' training programs. There is no better description of the research opportunities offered by our program than reading the training programs of recent years.
- Prof. Eng. Emanuela Barzi, PhD, Fermilab Senior Scientist, FNAL, leader of the Superconducting Strand and Cable Research Group of the TD
- Prof. Giorgio Bellettini, Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Pisa and INFN - Pisa
- Prof. Simone Donati, PhD, Department of Physics, University of Pisa and INFN - Pisa
- Prof. Simone Donati
The Supervisors are an international and multidisciplinary staff of physicists, engineers and computing scientistis of Fermilab, of Italian Universities and of INFN, that is expanded each year. A partial list of Supervisors is reported at the link.
This is a list of collaborators and possible contact persons for information in some Italian Universities.
- Dr. Stefano Miscetti, INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
- Dr. Ivano Sarra, INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
- Prof. Matteo Martini, Universita' degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi and INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
- Prof. Gianluca Valentini, Politecnico di Milano
- Prof. Cesare Bini, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Roma La Sapienza
- Prof. Domizia Orestano, Department of Mathematics and Physics University Rome III
- Dr. Francesco Massaro, Department of Physics University of Torino, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Dr. Luca Latronico, INFN Sezione di Torino Esperimento Fermi-LAT
- Prof. Stefano Argiro', Departmento of Physics, University and INFN Sezione di Torino
- Dr. Fabio Anulli, INFN-Roma La Sapienza
- Prof. Vittorio Palladino, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
- Prof. Daniele Gibin, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' degli Studi di Padova
- Dr. Alberto Guglielmi, INFN Padova
- Dr. Marco Incagli, INFN Pisa
- Dr. Carmela Luongo, INFN Pisa
- Dr. Saverio Citraro, INFN Pisa
- Dr. Elena Pedreschi, INFN Pisa
Qualification for admissions
Equal opportunity admission to the Summer School is open to students of any Italian or non-Italian University, on a highly competitive basis. Participants are accepted within the budget constraints and available training programs. Candidates are selected on the basis of their exam and graduation grades and of their suitability for the program, as indicated by personal statement and CV and as understood in the interview. The interviews are made in two steps: first, it is checked that the student's knowledge of English is at least grade 8 equivalent; next, the awareness of the student of the job to be performed and his/her required skills are checked. The interviews can be performed in person or on Skype. To be admitted to the interview, a preselection is applied on the student's academic achievement.
Students of Italian Universities
For Master students:
- Bachelor degree grade > 100/110
- Master courses Exams average grade > 26/30
For Master graduates:
- Master degree grade > 100/110
Students of non-Italian Universities
Please provide an exam certificate in a form expressing the marks also in percentiles from your university.
- Bachelor degree grade ranked in the top 10 %
- Master course exams average grade ranked in the top 15 %
- Master degree grade ranked in the top 10 %.
In order to enable students to obtain credits from their universities, upon successful completion of the training program, the University of Pisa will issue certificates for 6 "CFU" credits. These credits will be acknowledged according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and recorded in the students' Diploma Supplement.
Download the Application form
The application form must be compiled in all its parts and sent by e-mail with subject "Application to the Summer Student Program at Fermilab 2019" before March 15, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org , together with a CV in European format and a letter of intent with a description of the Fermilab research activities of interest and the personal motivation to participate in the program. In the letter the student should provide some information about his/her specific interests (e.g. software, hardware, neutrino physics, electronics, data analysis, simulation, detector development, and alike). If available, a reference letter by a mentor should be e-mailed by the mentor directly to email@example.com.
In 2019 we are also testing the online submission system developed by the University of Pisa: please submit the application also through the University of Pisa Portal, by following the instructions reported at the following Link.
All Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by May 20th, 2019.
Participation fees and support from Fermilab
The following charges will apply for the successful candidates:
- a fee of 5 euro to enroll in the Summer School of the University of Pisa;
- a health insurance as appropriate for visiting students, valid for the planned period of stay in the US;
- the Europe - Chicago round-trip flight ticket.
Students will be employed as trainees by Fermilab, they will get a net salary of approximately 400 $ per week, free accomodation in a local hotel (in single rooms at the Fermilab dormitory when available) and a free shared rental car. The Fermilab Visa Office will provide the documents needed to the students for obtaining the required J1 entry Visa.
If you have questions about the Summer School, please contact the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Domande e informazioni sul sito: www.pi.infn.it/cdf/ss2015/PisaFermilabSummerSchool.html
Informazioni localmente :
Massimo Casarsa email@example.com
Diego Tonelli firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Maria Zanetti email@example.com