The Summer School is aimed at Undergraduate and Master Degree students, or Master Graduate within 1 year since graduation, in Physics, Applied Physics, Medical Physics, Engineering, Computing Science and Materials Science. Students are accepted into the Oxford research groups involved in the two Fermilab experiments MicroBooNE and SBND. Each student is guided by a team composed by a supervisor, postdoc and PhD student responsabile for her/his training program. Participants in the school will spend four weeks in Oxford followed by nine weeks at Fermilab. Two talks are required during the duration of the program. Four weeks after arriving at Fermilab and again at the end of the program there is a requirement for an oral presentation in addition to producing a final detailed report. Since 2010 Fermilab has made the training programs available online. Four projects are available for MoνingKnowledge17. In some cases the 13-week internship can be extended to a few months contract at the laboratory in preparation of a Master Degree Thesis.

Organizing Committee

- Prof. Emanuela Barzi, FNAL and OSU
- Prof. Giorgio Bellettini, Emeritus, University of Pisa
- Prof. Simone Donati, University of Pisa
- Dr. Luigi Marchese, University of Oxford
- Prof. Ian Shipsey, Head Sub-Department of Particle Physics, University of Oxford

Summer School Coordinator

- Dr. Luigi Marchese, University of Oxford

Teaching Staff

- Prof. Roxanne Guenette, Harvard University
- Prof. Alfons Weber, University of Oxford


If you have questions about the Summer School, please contact the coordinator at


Equal opportunity admission to the Summer School is open to students of any Italian or other International University, on a highly competitive basis. Participants will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, average score in exams, graduation score if applicable, and suitability for the program, as indicated in a personal statement and CV, and in the interview. The interviews can be performed in person or by Skype. The interview will be conducted in English. Candidates will be informed if they are on the interview shortlist.

Students of Italian Universities

"Triennale" students:
- average score at exams > 26/30
"Magistrale" students:
- "Triennale" degree final score > 100/110
- "Magistrale" average score at exams > 26/30
"Magistrale" graduates:
- "Magistrale" degree final score > 100/110

Students of non-Italian Universities

Bachelor's degree students:
- Bachelor's degree average score at exams ranked in the "top 15%"
Master's degree students:
- Bachelor's degree final score ranked in the "top 10%"
- Master's degree average score at exams ranked in the "top 15%"
Master graduates:
- Master's degree final score ranked in the "top 10%"


In order to enable students to obtain credits from their Universities, the University of Pisa will issue signed certificates for all the activities made during the Summer School for 6 University of Pisa "CFU" credits. These credits will be acknowledged according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and recorded in the students' Diploma Supplement, upon successful completion of the training program.


The costs for the successful students are:
- a fee of a few euros (which in the past has been 0 = "zero" euros) required for those students who choose to enroll in the Summer School of the University of Pisa;
- health insurance valid for the planned period of stay in the US;
- travel expenses.
Funding sufficient to cover the living expenses (accommodation, food and other items) for the 4 weeks in Oxford will be provided. A welcome dinner in one of the fascinating constituent colleges of the University of Oxford will also be offered. Students will be employed as trainees by Fermilab during their stay in the USA. They will receive a net salary of approximately 400$ per week, free accommodation in single rooms in the Fermilab dormitory and a free shared rental car. The Fermilab Visa Office will provide the documents needed by the students to obtain the required J1 entry visit.


The application form must be completed and sent by e-mail to, together with:
- a CV;
- a motivation letter where the student should provide reasons why s/he seeks to be admitted to the program;
- 2 reference letters from professors or scientists at national or international laboratories. Letters should be e-mailed directly by the letter writers to
The summer school coordinator will be happy to talk with referees/students about details of the program.
Candidates will be notified of acceptance by May 20th 2017.
Download the Application form