The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $89,000 to Jerry Gilfoyle of Richmond, professor of physics at the University of Richmond, to continue his research in medium energy nuclear physics.

The award is the latest DOE support for Gilfoyle who has been funded by DOE since 1990. Prior awards bring Gilfoyle’s total research grants to nearly $2 million.

Gilfoyle will use the grant to fund Richmond undergraduates’ summer research and for a graduate-level visiting student from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. The team will conduct much of its research at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va., focusing on the structure of neutrons, protons and atomic nuclei and “measuring the charge and magnetization distributions of the neutron and extracting components of the deuteron wave function,” he said.

Gilfoyle has taught at Richmond since 1987. He has published widely and received awards for teaching and research. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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