Zongjin Qian, a freshman physics major at Duke, was awarded a 2010 Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship for travel to CERN this summer, where he is doing research with Prof. Al Goshaw and the Duke High Energy Physics group. Zongjin left for CERN in June, and is now involved with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He'll be at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 2 to July 28. After that, Zongjin will continue to work at Duke in August.
Zongjin's experience at CERN has been exciting so far. Right now, Zongjin is working on the selection of W bosons from 7TeV Monte Carlo data. This job is in preparation of his participation in Duke's project of measuring the processes p p -> W + g + jets and p p -> Z + g + jets later. Zongjin benefited a lot from the strong effort presented by Duke at CERN as he's got Physics postdoc Andrea Bocci as his mentor at CERN, and Zongjin can learn a lot from all the Duke graduate students at CERN. Apart from research, Zongjin was also able to enjoy a culturally rich life at Geneva, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Traveling, biking, hiking, and going to concerts are some of the many activities he can enjoy at weekends. View Zongjin's travel photographs on Flickr here.