Apply Now – Student Summer Opportunities at the Center For Bright Beams

Apply Now – Student Summer Opportunities at the Center For Bright Beams

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Bright Beams (CBB), a Cornell University program, offers many opportunities for students, which includes summer research experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Sandra Biedron, a New Mexico Consortium Associate Researcher and Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of New Mexico, serves as faculty and the Director of Knowledge Transfer for the CBB. She is accepting applications from students interested in the many ongoing opportunities at CBB for the summer of 2022. All interested students should apply. Applications are due by March 30, 2022. The CBB has many undergraduate student opportunities, and is always looking to diversify the science pipeline. They encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply.

The main research goal of the CBB is to increase the intensity, or brightness, of beams of charged particles by a factor of 100 while decreasing the cost of key accelerator technologies. Research at the CBB falls within three themes, Beam ProductionBeam Acceleration, and Beam Dynamics and Control.

The CBB consists of a diverse range of scientists from different scientific backgrounds. CBB researchers come from eight universities and three national labs, and work together to gain the fundamental understanding needed to advance accelerator technology, benefiting a wide range of accelerator applications

Undergraduate students who join the CBB program get hands-on laboratory or computational experience under the guidance of a trained mentor, and present their results at CBB theme meetings. Graduate students and postdocs carry out cutting edge research in the context of interdisciplinary team science and participate in professional development workshops. Their work may be presented at meetings, national and international conferences, as well as published in scientific journals. CBB encourages students to actively participate in outreach activities that further enhance their skill at communicating their research to their colleagues and to students in K-12. CBB graduates, who are prepared to be leaders in their field, are taking positions at national labs, in industry and in academia.

Students who are interested in this summer opportunity or other CBB opportunities should provide Sandra their resume, a list of courses taken, and a paragraph on which activity area of CBB most interests them. These documents should be sent to by March 30, 2022.


Top photo of the CBB Team at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium.