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Ernest Courant Traineeship in Accelerator Science & Engineering


Accelerator Structure

Stony Brook University in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Cornell University (CU) and FERMI National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) is establishing the Ernest Courant Traineeship in Accelerator Science & Engineering supported by a 5-year grant from the High Energy Office of the US Department of Energy. This novel program is named after eminent accelerator physicist, Ernest Courant, who lay the foundation of modern accelerator science. At Stony Brook, the traineeship is a part of the Center for Accelerator Physics and Education (CASE).

The main goal of the program is to train scientists and engineers in the field of accelerator sciences with a focus in the four areas identified as the Department of Energy (DOE) Mission Critical Workforce Needs in Accelerator Science and Engineering: (a) Physics of large accelerators and systems engineering; (b) Superconducting radiofrequency accelerator physics and engineering; (c) Radiofrequency power system engineering and (d) Cryogenic systems engineering (especially liquid helium systems).

The graduate level curriculum consists of courses and practical training at accelerator facilities of the collaborating institutions, and thesis requirements. Each of participant will have a supervisor to guide the training. Every graduate student – PhD, MS/MSI, ME - successfully completing the traineeship program will be issued a Certificate in Accelerator Science and Engineering with specializations including the four areas listed above. The expectation is that the traineeship can be completed in two years and students can pursue their research interest beyond the program (for example, complete their PhD). Undergraduate students can enter the program via a dedicated summer internship program at BNL.

If you are interested in this unique traineeship in 21st century accelerator sciences and want to know details, please contact one of professors involved in the program:

  • Thomas Hemmick
  • Vladimir Litvinenko
  • Ji Liu
  • Jon Longtin
  • Jayant Parekh
  • Thomas Robertazzi
  • Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi

Applying to the Program

The Traineeship Certificate is offered as part of a graduate program at Stony Brook University. Students must apply and be accepted in a MS/MSI/PhD program, which will allow them to complete the Certificate as part of their degree program. Students who are already part of a graduate program at Stony Brook will need to follow these instructions to enroll in the CASE Certificate in Accelerator Science Program to receive your certificate. 

  • Student must be a full time student enrolled in a Stony Brook University program (MA/MSI/PhD) either in Physics or another Department
  • The Student must complete the Secondary Degree Certificate Form
  • Collect signatures from their Department Director and then Matt Dawber as Physics Program Director. In most cases students will have Matt sign the form twice since they are Physics Grads. 
  • Form is submitted to the Grad School.


To learn more about and apply to a graduate program at Stony Brook University, follow the links below: