Neutrino school offers education, networking
Participants in the 2009 International Neutrino Summer School.
This month, 94 graduate students and postdocs from all over the world converged in one place to broaden their knowledge of neutrino physics. From July 6 -17, Fermilab hosted the 2009 International Neutrino Summer School, where a diverse group of students learned about the full field of neutrino physics from neutrino scientists.
"We deliberately tried not to have too tight a focus and instead surveyed the whole field of neutrino physics," said workshop Chairman Steve Brice.
Lectures this year included how neutrinos affect the Standard Model, the framework of neutrino research so far and accelerator physics.
Students also had the chance to present their own theories and questions, demonstrate what they have learned and suggest what they want to learn about neutrinos.
"We offered this because neutrino physics is changing so rapidly," Brice said. "Exposing students to this school now will get them enthused about neutrino physics. They are the generation that will study this 10 to 20 years from now."
The students were excited about the school.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and learn about all of these different fields in particle physics," said Laura Bodine, a graduate student from the University of Washington.
Pedro Machado, a student from the University of Sao Paulo, was excited to hear from Boris Kayser, a well-respected neutrino scientist at Fermilab.
"I am now able to bridge the gap between the experimental and theoretical aspects of the field," Machado said.
Gwenielle Lefeuvre, a postdoc from the University of Sussex, said she enjoyed the overview of neutrino physics during the 12-day school.
"This is definitely the best school conference I have been to," she said.
-- Tonisha Taylor