INT Undergraduate Research Network program



The Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) at the University of Washington (UW) is offering opportunities for undergraduate research in nuclear physics starting in the spring quarter of 2024. This INT Undergraduate Research Network (INTURN) program will host undergraduate students interested in pursuing research in nuclear theory and taking steps toward a career in physics. Program activities will be centered around individual student projects and supported with mentorship from the INT postdocs, research assistant professors, graduate students, and faculty.

The INT is a U.S. Center of Excellence for theoretical nuclear physics research. Within the program, the students will be able to participate in a wide range of topics on the cutting edge of fundamental nuclear science, including (but not limited to) phases and properties of matter at extreme density and temperature, neutron stars, cosmic explosions and compact object mergers, nucleosynthesis, neutrino physics, dense nuclear matter, and the structure of hadrons and nuclei. For a full list of available projects, see “Available Projects” below.

We strongly encourage all interested UW students to apply. Prior experience in the area, either through coursework or previous research, is not expected. We look forward to receiving applications from undergraduates with diverse experience levels and backgrounds.

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Research projects will involve theoretical and computational work. Through project activities, the participants will gain valuable skills for a successful career in STEM fields, such as model development, code development, and data analysis. They will also have numerous occasions to hone their scientific communication skills and network with senior researchers in nuclear physics and closely related areas. In addition, students interested in nuclear astrophysics, neutrinos, and fundamental interactions will be able to interact with members of the Network for Neutrinos and Nuclear Astrophysics (N3AS). 

Participants in the program will be eligible for course credits or stipends. The program's initial phase will last one academic quarter, and interested students will be offered the possibility to continue over the summer and the next academic year. Program activities will require a commitment of about 8-10 hrs/week during the academic year and 20-40 hrs/week during the summer. 

To be eligible for the program, candidates must: 1) be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate STEM major at the time of application and for the duration of the program, 2) be in good standing overall, 3) be 18 years of age at time of application.

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Available Projects


Project: Neutrino Flavor Evolution in Medium

Junior Mentor: Yukari Yamauchi

Faculty Mentor: Vincenzo Cirigliano


Ongoing Projects


Project: Neutrino Processes in Dense Matter with Strong Magnetic Fields

Student: Catherine Welch

Junior Mentor: Mia Kumamoto

Faculty Mentor: Sanjay Reddy


Project: Finding the most compact configuration of neutron stars

Student: Ryan Krismer

Junior Mentor: Yuki Fujimoto

Faculty Mentor: Sanjay Reddy


Project: Elucidating the Nature of Neutrinos Using Collider Probes

Student: Jason Diao

Junior Mentor: Sebastián Urrutia Quiroga

Faculty Mentor: Vincenzo Cirigliano


Project: Thermal Evolution of Dark Matter-Admixed Neutron Stars

Student: Maya Ednie

Junior Mentor: Peter Rau and Mia Kumamoto

Faculty Mentor: Sanjay Reddy


Project: Bayesian Uncertainty Quantification via Machine Learning

Student: Lindsey Schneider

Junior Mentor: Yukari Yamauchi

Faculty Mentor: Vincenzo Cirigliano


Project: Towards a Global Search for Gluon Saturation in Collider Experiments

Student: Maddox Spinelli

Junior Mentor: Yukari Yamauchi

Faculty Mentor: Farid Salazar


Project: Extreme Equations of State in Binary Neutron Star Mergers

Student: Hunter Bass

Junior Mentor: John Stroud

Faculty Mentor: Sanjay Reddy


Project: Global Analysis of New Physics Interactions

Student: Thomas Cepollina

Faculty Mentors: Wouter Dekens and Vincenzo Cirigliano


Project: Lepton Number Violation and the Baryon Asymmetry of the Universe

Student: Maya Salwa

Junior Mentor: Sebastián Urrutia Quiroga

Faculty Mentor: Sanjay Reddy