LPC Graduate Scholars

The LPC Graduate Scholars Program at Fermilab supports exceptional Graduate Students from USCMS institutions, by allowing them to spend a year at Fermilab to pursue thesis research opportunities at the LPC. The program is made possible by funding from the DOE office of science and Fermilab.

The LPC Graduate Scholars are selected based on a competitive process. Students will be supervised locally by a senior mentor resident at the LPC, who needs to be identified at the time of the application. The proposals will be rated based on merit, uniqueness, creativity and relevance to CMS and the LPC.

Current (2022) and previous LPC Graduate Scholars are listed here.

The details of the application and selection process are given below. Applications will be accepted online at https://academicprogramsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19440. The due date for the LPC GS 2022 program applications and supporting letters is Friday, October 1, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective at a member institution of the USCMS collaboration. The list of collaborating USCMS institutions is available at http://uscms.org/uscms_at_work/collaboration/collaboration_board.shtml ). At the time of application, applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project with a defined PhD thesis advisor.

Applicants are NOT eligible to apply if one, or any combination, of the following describes their graduate education status:

  • Applicant is in the last year of Ph.D research.
  • Applicant has not completed at least 2 years in graduate school.
  • Applicant has not obtained the Ph.D. candidacy with an established thesis project and Ph.D. advisor at the time of application.
  • Applicant is in a Master's degree program, with a Master's as the terminal degree.
  • Applicant is in a Master's degree program with no thesis research requirement and program is not a pathway to Ph.D. degree.
  • Applicant's institution is not a member of the USCMS collaboration.
  • Applicant is not in good academic standing at their institution.

Application Material

  1. Research Proposal
  2. Maximum length of 4 pages (1 inch margins, font 12 pt. Times), pages numbered. The proposal should include the following:
    • A description of the proposed project (hardware, software, computing).
    • A description of the proposed physics analysis.
    • A justification of how the student, the project and the analysis, will benefit from the LPC collaboration.
    • The names of the Ph.D. advisor and the LPC mentor. The expectation is that the proposal is prepared in consultation with the graduate advisor and the LPC mentor.
    • The plan should also contain a section that clearly explains how your research proposal would change if access to the LPC and other Fermilab facilities (e.g. Sidet, test-beam, etc) remains restricted.

  3. Three letters of recommendation
    1. A letter of recommendation from the LPC mentor. The letter should include agreement by the mentor to supervise the student at the LPC, including weekly meetings, and to provide a mid-year report to the LPC coordinators. The LPC mentor should be a Senior Researcher (beyond post-doc) on CMS, either from Fermilab or from a university, resident at the LPC or with a presence of 75% or more of their time at the LPC (if COVID-19 restrictions allow). The student's Ph.D. advisor is not eligible to act as a mentor.
    2. A letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. advisor, supporting the application and detailing provisions for supervision of the student at the LPC.
    3. A letter of recommendation from a CMS colleague (can be non-USCMS) who is familiar with the student's work.
  4. Curriculum Vitae

Start Date and Duration

The starting date for the appointment as a LPC Graduate Scholar will be Jan 1, 2022 for a duration of one year. These dates might be adjusted in individual cases, at the discretion of the LPC coordinators, depending on the Fermilab site access restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Renewal is possible but requires a new proposal. The maximum amount of time as CMS LPC-GS is two years.

Financial Support

  • The LPC-GS will receive a full year stipend of $30,000, that can be used only to cover the student’s stipend, fringe benefits, and fees.
    • No tuition costs will be provided.
    • No indirect-costs or university overhead will be provided.
  • The LPC-GS will also receive a travel budget to enable attendance at a conference to present the work completed at the LPC, and a weeklong trip to CERN for presenting the work during a "CMS physics week".

Questions about the CMS LPC Graduate Scholars Program may be directed to the LPC coordinators.