Physics doctoral student named one of DOE’s 65 top graduate students

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Scott Carmichael, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, was one of 65 graduate students selected to receive world-class training through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) program.

The primary goal of Carmichael’s research in nuclear astrophysics is to discover how the elements in the universe are created. He studies nuclear reaction rates in supernovae, which are areas where elements are formed.

“I am both honored and humbled to have been named one of DOE’s top graduate students,” Carmichael said. “Continuing my research at a national laboratory is an incredible opportunity, and I hope I can use it to make a significant contribution to my area of research.”

Awardees were selected as part of the SCGSR 2021 Solicitation 1 cycle based on peer review by external scientific experts. They will work on research projects of significant importance to the Office of Science mission that address societal challenges at a national and international level, according to a news release from the DOE.

“The DOE Office of Science provides the scientific foundation for solutions to some of our nation’s most complex challenges, and now more than ever we need to invest in a diverse, talented pipeline of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who can help us build a brighter future,” Dr. Harriet Kung, Deputy Director for Science Programs in the Office of Science, said in the release. “These outstanding students will help us tackle mission-critical research at our labs as this experience helps them begin a successful and rewarding career.”

Carmichael’s primary adviser is Prof. Daniel Bardayan.

“Scott continues to excel as a graduate student, and I am excited to watch him grow as a researcher as well,” Bardayan said.