Alum Receives Award to Research Subatomic Particles

December 1, 2020
Physics graduate receives research award from U.S. Department of Energy.


Keegan Hale Sherman, ‘17, University of Richmond physics graduate, received a supplemental research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office's (DOE) Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR).

One of 52 awardees nationwide to receive the award, Keegan will be working with a staff scientist at the DOE’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility to develop the formalism and numerical technology to study the structure of hadronic resonances using lattice QCD.

The SCGSR Program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.

“These graduate student awards help prepare new scientists for STEM careers that are vitally important to the DOE mission and the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. “We are proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding awardees and look forward to seeing what they achieve in the years to come. They represent the future leadership and innovation that will allow American science and engineering to excel in the 21st century.”

Program awardees were selected from 43 different U.S. universities who are carrying out part of their doctoral dissertation/thesis research in the physical sciences. All of the research projects selected address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science’s core mission areas.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Office’s Science Graduate Student Research Program here.

Photo of Keegan Sherman provided by Jefferson Lab.