Virginia Innovative Traineeships in Accelerators (VITA)

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The U.S. Department of Energy has funded joint traineeships designed to support graduate-level education in critical need

areas of accelerator technology. The Virginia Innovative Traineeships in Accelerators (VITA) will support master's-level and early-year Ph.D. studies at Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk State University (NSU), and Hampton University (HU) in a wide range of accelerator physics and accelerator technology topics. The traineeship will include Summer Internships at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) where students can work on projects with leading national scientists participating in global projects and on the CEBAF superconducting accelerator. Jefferson Lab has a long history of supporting graduate education in accelerator science and technology and a total of nine master's theses and sixty-four Ph.D. theses have been completed for work on accelerator science and technology at Jefferson Lab, beginning in 1994.

Physics students at ODU and Engineering students at ODU, NSU, and HU will be offered two-year graduate fellowships leading to a master's degree or for the first two years leading to a Ph.D. at the universities.

Traineeship awards will include funds to cover a stipend for living expenses and tuition needed for a master's degree or for the first two years of study in a Ph.D. program, and trainees will have the opportunity to engage directly with Jefferson Lab projects and scientists. Students successfully completing our engineering master's programs may have highly desirable opportunities in follow-on Ph.D. work or high qualifications for direct employment at Jefferson Lab or other national laboratories. Fellowship recipients will participate in the US Particle Accelerator School for part of their traineeships.


Please contact the appropriate person below if you have any questions or interests in this opportunity.

Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering

NSU Contact:

Rasha Morsi -


HU Contact:

Demetris Geddis -