Gran Sasso-South Dakota-Princeton Physics Summer School - 2009
The GranSasso National Laboratories in Italy, South Dakota Department of Education / South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds / South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, and Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, are proud to announce the Gran Sasso-South Dakota-Princeton Physics Summer School of 2009. This program stems initially from the scientific collaboration between the physics department at Princeton and the Laboratorio Nazionale del GranSasso (LNGS) in Italy, where Princeton scientists conduct research on neutrinos and dark matter.
On its sixth year, the Gran Sasso-Princeton program is open to students enrolled in the fourth and fifth year of high schools located in the Abruzzo Region of Italy. A minimum number of 20 students will be selected on a competitive basis giving preference to fourth year students. The participants in the program will be offered air transportation to and back from Princeton and full accommodation and board in the Princeton campus. The activities in Princeton will include: physics courses in the field of physics and astrophysics that the Gran Sasso Laboratories are involved with, laboratory activities, and English language courses. The three-week physics classes will be offered in Italian, taught by representative scientists from LNGS and University of L’Aquila.
This sixth edition will see the participations of ten South Dakota students, recipients of the Davis-Bahcall Scholarships, provided by 3M, which cover tuition, room and board, and travel for the summer-study program. Prior to arriving in Princeton, the Davis-Bahcall Scholars will be visiting and attending lectures for a week at the Sanford Lab at Homestake in Lead, South Dakota, then fly to Geneva and spend a brief period at CERN, LNGS, Frascati accelerator lab, and tour Rome before joining the Italian students at Newark Airport and arriving together at Princeton University and staying also for three weeks taking physics classes to be taught in English. This concept fits well with the mission of the state-of -the-art Sanford Science and Education Complex in South Dakota, planned for construction on the campus of the Homestake Mine to be used to teach students from all over the world about science and engineering, part of the preparation for the DUSEL-Sanford Lab, as South Dakota Homestake Mine will be the site of the new US underground lab. This outreach vision and efforts are supported by Governor Michael Rounds, South Dakota Department of Education, and the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority.
For 2009, both groups will be at Princeton University between July 18 and August 8, and will live together in a campus dormitory and join in social outings while in Princeton.