Research opportunities for undergraduate students
Information about the
JHU Undergraduate School in Physics and Astronomy.
There are exciting opportunities for undergraduate students of all levels to
participate in Experimental Particle Physics research. Contact Prof. Gritsan
for further details. There is an option of conducting research for academic credit.
Provost's Undergraduate Research Award
or Dean's Undergraduate Research Award
are excellent opportunities to conduct research projects. Recently three students who
worked with Prof. Gritsan received the awards:
Manisha Narayanan, an undergraduate student at JHU, was awarded the Provost's Undergraduate
Research Award in the 2010-2011 academic years (see the article
Hadron collisions reach out to people in Washington"
in CMS Times);
Heshy Roskes, an undergraduate student at JHU, was awarded the Dean's Undergraduate
Research Award in the 2013-2014 academic years (see the article
Heshy Roskes ’14: Smashing Particles"
in JHU Arts and Sciences magazine);
and Jered McInerney, an undergraduate student at JHU, was awarded the Provost's Undergraduate
Research Award in the 2016-2017 academic years.
The projects are to learn and apply data analysis techniques on the
CMS high-energy physics experiment on the Large
Hadron Collider (LHC) or/and to develop
which communicate LHC results to the public.
Technical aspects of the data analysis work involve
modern computer applications in high energy physics. Some experience with
modern computer languages and operating systems (e.g. UNIX/C++) is desired
but not required.
See discussion of the projects for the graduate students.
Research opportunities for graduate students
Information about the
JHU Graduate School in Physics and Astronomy.
An overview of research activities is given
Learn physics analysis techniques in frontier particle physics and
work with silicon tracking detectors.
Get involved in analysis of the CMS data studying the properties of
a new discovered Higgs boson and/or search for new related phenomena.
Perform Monte Carlo modeling and LHC data analysis
in search for new fundamental particles and interactions.
Also learn both hardware and software requirements
on alignment of the silicon tracking detectors on
the CMS experiment.
Technical aspects of the work involve
modern computer applications in high energy physics:
UNIX (Linux) operating system
- ROOT Data Analysis Framework, based on C++
CMS Reconstruction software
Some experience with some of the above items (UNIX/C++) is desired.
Course in Elementary Particle Physics
is recommended but not required.
You can read more about the
Recent Ph.D. JHU graduates who worked with Prof. Gritsan:
Candice You (Ph.D. 2017)
Higgs boson properties and search for additonal resonances
Chris Martin (Ph.D. 2015)
Discovery and Characterization of a Higgs boson using four-lepton events from the CMS experiment
Ian Anderson (Ph.D. 2015)
A Tale of Two Vertices: Production and Decay of the Higgs VV Vertex at the LHC
Andrew Whitbeck (Ph.D. 2013)
Discovery and Characterization of a Higgs-like Resonance Using the Matrix Element Likelihood Approach
Nhan Tran (Ph.D. 2011)
Angles and Daemons: Spin Correlations at the LHC
Yanyan Gao (Ph.D. 2009)
Study of rare gluonic penguin decays B to phi K pi (pi) at BABAR