Joint Argonne-Fermilab Lee Teng internship molds minds
|The Lee Teng undergraduate internship beginning this summer is a joint endeavor between Argonne and Fermilab as part of the Illinois Accerator Institute.
A new joint Fermilab / Argonne venture dedicated to molding the minds of the next generation of accelerator physicists starts this summer.
The internship is the latest endeavor to come out of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Fermilab and Argonne to encourage further collaboration. The idea for the internship, named after Lee Teng, a physicist best known for his work shaping Fermilab and Argonne, emerged from the regular meetings between the laboratories.
Eric Prebys, a Fermilab physicist and chair of the Lee Teng Internship Search Committee, said that the program will accept four to five students at each institution. Students will be mentored by accelerator physicists and will attend the week-long U.S. Accelerator Physics School June 16-27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Prebys also hopes to include joint mentoring or social activities.
"We wanted to have a named program, something to give it prestige. We decided on Lee, since he is well known for his work at both laboratories," said Rod Gerig, director of Argonne's Accelerator Institute.
Teng was the recipient of the 2007 Robert R. Wilson prize for achievement in physics of particle accelerators. He began his career at Argonne in 1955 and became director of the Particle Accelerator Division in 1961. He was responsible for constructing and operating the Zero Gradient Synchrotron before moving to Fermilab in 1967 as the head of accelerator theory. He worked at Fermilab for 22 years, serving as the associate director of AD and as the head of the Advanced Accelerator Project. He returned to Argonne in 1989 as the head of the APS accelerator physics contingent. He retired in 2004, but still serves as emeritus senior scientist.
"The face of two national laboratories was first sketched by Lee," said Vladimir Shiltsev, director of Fermilab's Accelerator Physics Center.
The internship is a program of the Illinois Accelerator Institute, an organization made up of Illinois-based organizations interested in promoting the development of accelerator based research. It currently includes Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and the USPAS.
Applications are due by Feb. 8. For more information or to apply, visit the Illinois Accelerator Institute.
For more information on Lee Teng see the Cern Courier article on him.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski