About the FSPA

Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association (FSPA) is an organization of graduate students working at Fermilab. Representatives from the graduate student community are elected every year in October to represent the needs of grad students to the lab and organize events specifically for grad students.

Name Institution Status Experiment(s)
David Martinez Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas/Fermilab Graduate Student MINERvA
Michelle M. Medeiros Universidade Federal de Goias/Fermilab Graduate Student MINOS+
Anne Norrick College of William and Mary Graduate Student MINERvA
Dr. Jesus Orduna Rice University Postdoc DZero/mu2e
Dr. Louise Suter Argonne National Lab Postdoc NOvA

See also the list of past representatives.

The FSPA Mission:

FSPA officers attend monthly UEC meetings to bring the needs and voice of the students to the attention of the Lab. Graduate students make up a significant portion, currently ~700, of the user population at Fermilab, and as such need to make their voice heard by other users and laboratory management. Additionally, the FSPA works with the UEC, and similar users organizations from SLAC and the nascent ILC users groups to organize an annual trip to Washington, DC to advocate for the needs of the High Energy Physics community.

The FSPA manages and maintains the fnalgrad email list whereby students can communicate with the rest of the graduate student community at the lab. The FSPA web-page also provides info on upcoming events and employment opportunities that concern grad students. We have sponsored job seminars and other informative discussion on-site. We obtained subsidies for graduate student enrollment in C and C++ classes, and even academic physics classes.

Coinciding with the FNAL Users' Meeting, the FSPA organizes a conference called New Perspectives where undergraduate, graduate students, and young post-docs have the opportunity to present their work by giving talks or making posters. This conference has grown to be a highlight on the Fermilab calendar and provides students with a great opportunity to gain experience and learn from their peers.

In addition to the serious work of the FSPA, we also work to bring some fun to the lab. We host annual events like the Halloween party, the New Perspectives BBQ and the FSPA Triathlon.

The FSPA is made up of physics graduate students who are users of Fermilab. The FSPA exists to represent the large, vibrant community of younger physicists from on-site or afar. For the most part, our projects are quite simple, for example, organising social events and bringing students together. But we are also in a unique position to reach out to the wider Fermilab community, to make the voices of the younger generation heard to the Directorate, the UEC and the US congress. With your help we can do that.