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Amgen Scholars: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty for the Amgen Scholars program.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. For additional tips on identifying a mentor click here.

Please remember:

  • Students pursuing Amgen must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status.
  • Students pursuing Amgen must complete the 10-week program from June 18 - August 23, 2024. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  Probing the Weak Interaction With Early Universe Physics
Disciplines:  Physics, Astrophysics, Applied and Computational Mathematics (with interest in physics or astrophysics)
Mentor:  Chad Kishimoto, Associate Professor, (PMA),
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and is open only to Caltech students. The project will be conducted at University of San Diego in San Diego, California.

The neutrino particle was proposed by Wolfgang Pauli nearly a century ago. Since then, careful experimentation has found that there are three types, or “flavors”, of neutrinos; that this flavor is not a good quantum number, so its flavor “oscillates” as it propagates; and that they have non-zero, yet tiny, masses, and are left-handed. Investigating the weak interaction in the laboratory is a difficult endeavor because the weak interaction is — well — weak. This project looks to leverage the hot and dense early universe, fractions of a second after the Big Bang, to explore questions in weak interaction physics.
Description:  A student can work on one of two open project in my group. The first is more computationally and particle-physics focused (see the first two references) which looks to solve Boltzmann equations to explore Beyond Standard Model physics within the first few seconds of the life of the universe.

The second connects more closely to astrophysical constraints on dark matter models (last two references), which connect dark matter models to structure formation.
Student Requirements:  Some experience with quantum (at least Ph12) and some experience coding, python is preferred but any language is ok.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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