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Another Great Year! The TRIUMF Summer Institute: 20 Years and Counting

21 August 2008

Graduate students and young researchers gathered to engage in learning about current topics in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics at the 20th annual TRIUMF Summer Institute (TSI). At TSI, young scientists had the opportunity to study and discuss modern methods in science, learn how to tackle physics problems and get introduced to current research challenges. However, physics isn’t all what TSI is about – the group of 35 students and post-doctorate fellows got out of the lab and explored Vancouver together.

From August 4 to 15, TSI students from across Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia attended two weeks of lectures and hands-on sessions in a unique learning environment designed to foster participation and questions. This intensive “workshop course” featured lectures by physics experts, group discussions, problem sessions, and student research project poster displays. TSI offers exposure to material that is beyond a regular classroom experience.

Highlights of afternoon sessions were the intense discussions with the lecturers and learning how to simulate X-ray bursts in accreting neutron stars. Commenting on TSI’s success, Achim Schwenk, TRIUMF theorist and chair of TSI 2008 says, “The chance to learn from and closely interact with internationally leading physicists makes TSI a very beneficial and unique experience for students. TSI was a great success and fun by all accounts.” This year, the group enjoyed evenings of barbequing, volleyball, kayaking in Deep Cove, biking in Stanley Park and a banquet and theatre evening at Granville Island.

Please visit the TSI 2008 website for copies of the lecture notes, photos, and additional information.

Plan to come to TSI 2009! Next year’s topic will be on particle physics.

By Nicole Dublanko
TRIUMF's Communications Assistant