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Mission Statement

The Center for Neutrino Physics at Virginia Tech is an organization of faculty and students committed to continuing the growth and advancing the stature of the existing, highly visible neutrino science program at Virginia Tech. We are committed to fostering a dynamic environment that enthusiastically promotes the recruitment and education of high-quality students; actively initiates and conducts timely research at the interface of theory, experiment, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics. VT-CNP will form the framework needed to compete for funding from programs such as the NSF's Physics Frontier Centers (PFC) program, and to promote, by exploiting the obvious synergies, the continued growth of our efforts and funding through DOE and NSF programs.


Center Objectives

  • Provide a unified image for the science program in neutrino physics and related fields at Virginia Tech through the use of an integrated organizational structure, coordinated programs, common showcase facilities, and common outreach activities;
  • Act as a focal point to attract renowned scientists in visiting positions in order to enrich our activities;
  • Serve as a research engine for the University, aggressively seeking support for research projects from government and foundational sources;
  • Provide a flexible framework within which expertise can evolve or be added to meet important developing scientific or technological areas relevant to our research;
  • Attract and organize workshops and international conferences;
  • Hold a weekly seminar for the fields of high energy physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, joint between theory and experiment;
  • Generate increased interest in our program by providing a unified appeal to potential sponsors, students and faculty candidates through purposeful public relations communications and promotion of our state-of-the-art facilities, research findings and capabilities;
  • Improve operational effectiveness through efficient use of funds, time and personnel.