Dr. Aaron Bercellie

Aaron Bercellie completed and defended his thesis, “Muon Neutrino Charged Current Single Pion Production on Various Targets in the MINERvA Detector” in April 2022. The paper describing his results is in internal review and will appear on the arXiv soon.

Dr. Jeffrey Kleykamp

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Kleykamp, who successfully defended his thesis “A-scaling of CCQE-like cross sections at MINERvA” on June 8th. Dr. Kleykamp has started a postdoc at the University of Mississippi, where he will be working on NOvA and DUNE.

Dr. Tejin Cai

Dr. Tejin Cai successfully defended his thesis which provides the first precise measurement of the nucleon axial form factor without nuclear effects from his measurement of anti neutrino scattering on hydrogen. Tejin will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at York University in Toronto this summer.

Dr. Rob Fine

Rob successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, “Measurement of the Medium Energy NuMI Flux Using the Low-ν and High-ν Methods at MINERvA” today. Rumor has it that a bottle of champagne was successfully delivered to Rob at Fermilab in the conference room where he defended over Zoom by his proud advisor, Kevin McFarland.

Rob will be working as a postdoctoral fellow in Sowjanya Gollapinni’s group at Los Alamos on SBND and MicroBooNE.

Dan Ruterbories Awarded Cottrell Fellowship

Dr. Dan Ruterbories has been awarded a Cottrell Fellowship from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement recognizing his work on MINERvA. Dan serves as MINERvA’s analysis coordinator, and studies quasielastic scattering and related processes with the goal of understanding how the nuclear environment affects the energy observed after the neutrino interacts. As part of the Fellowship, Dan will be supported to teach the “self-paced” Physics 113 course in Spring 2021. This course serves students whose background puts them at risk of difficulties in this course required for pre-Med students and life sciences majors, and provides extra support in a “flipped classroom” environment to help them to succeed.

Tejin Cai awarded Messersmith Fellowship

Tejin Cai has been selected as an Agnes M. and George Messersmith Fellow. This award will support his final year of his Ph.D. dissertation work at Rochester. Tejin was selected from among all the Ph.D. students in physics, chemistry, biology, and preclinical departments of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He recently published work demonstrating a novel technique for measuring the removal energy for neutrons in neutrino scattering in carbon.