Chicagoland Computational Traineeship in High Energy Particle Physics


Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, have developed a comprehensive two-year program (C2theP2 - pronounced “CP squared”) to train physics and computer science students in the computational tools necessary to advance the particle physics field. Once accepted into the program, you’ll begin your course work at either NIU or UIC with their general graduate curricula, but will also take several courses in computational physics taught by NIU and UIC faculty and experts from the local laboratories. You’ll also take a mandatory introductory course on project management, and will participate in monthly technical seminars, hands-on learning experiences and biannual program events. You’ll also benefit from close connections to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) for training and workshops.

Unique Opportunity

  • Earn an M.S. degree (can be part of Ph.D. program) while being trained by exceptional scientists.
  • Receive a tuition waiver plus a competitive stipend.

Exceptional Faculty Mentors

  • Physics faculty have connections to ATLAS, CMS, DUNE, Muon g-2 and the Mu2e experiments, and the computer science faculty are leaders in the data science and high-performance computing (HPC) fields.


  • Open to students 18+ years of age.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Applying to the NIU or UIC physics graduate programs or the UIC computer science graduate program.
  • If interested, please reach out for latest deadline.