Duke undergraduates Siyuan Sun and Zongjin Qian flew to Geneva June 2 to work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN until July 28. Their work is funded by a 2010 Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship.
“It is a very exciting time here for particle physics with the LHC up and running,” Sun says, “but that also means a ton of work. I have been involved with the Z prime and W prime searches. Even as an undergrad, you can do quite a bit of work that directly contributes.”
His advisor Prof. Ashutosh Kotwal says, “He is contributing to a search for new fundamental forces which might reveal themselves at the high energies of the LHC. He has been attending meetings and has already given a presentation on his research.”
In his free time, Sun enjoys running on nearby trails and recently completed a two-day hiking trip in the Jura mountains in the Alps. View other photos of his time at CERN here.