Summer Schools, Conferences, Workshops in Particle Physics
Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Particle Physics (TASI): Annual summer school held in June at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It usually oscillates between phenomenology and string theory, but has been mostly pheno for a while now. A must-go-to summer school for high energy physics students. You will meet most of your future colleagues here.
SLAC Summer Institute: Again, different subject every year. Happens in July/August.
Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP): A two-week summer school usually held in June/July at IAS. It changes between string theory and phenomenology.
Pheno: Annual symposium held at the University of Pittsburgh. It is a good scale conference with maybe a few hundred people. You can present your work in a 13+2 min talk in the plenary sessions.
International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP): Huge scale conference held biennially, at a different place every time.
Recontres de Moriond: An extremely prestigious conference held annually. Experiments usually announce their interesting stuff here (or at ICHEP). It is invitation only. However, even though you don’t attend, you should always check the webpage for talks. They are often very very interesting.
APS April Meeting: Annual APS meeting for physics topics not covered in the March meeting, i.e. everything but condensed matter.
APS NW Meeting: Annual APS Northwest Section meeting. Topics cover all physics. It is a small meeting, especially good for undergrads and young grads to present their work.
Fellowships, Grants, Awards
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: This is a fellowship for grad students in their first or second year. It has a stipend of 3-years. Quite amazing but it is ONLY for US citizens. Unfortunately, there is not that many fellowships in US for foreigners.
NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship (NESSF): It is mostly for astrophysicists, especially experimental, computational people. However, they have a very competitive section for particle physicists who do cosmology stuff. Foreigners can apply, but they are considered lower priority.
Fermilab Graduate Student Research Program: This program gives financial support to graduate students from US universities to stay at Fermilab up to one year and work with a Fermilab researcher. I believe you are expected to find someone at Fermilab who will work with you and write a proposal together.
Centre for Cosmological Studies: A program to initiate collaborations between young researchers and participating professors at Oxford, Johns Hopkins, and Institute d’Astrophysique de Paris. You can visit one of these places up to two months.
UW Graduate School Travel Award: For UW graduate students only. You can only apply every other year. It is easy to get until they run out of money. So apply early. They give $300 for national conferences, $500 for international ones. (UW Physics department has a secret travel fund, given to people who couldn’t get the graduate school grant.)
GPSS Travel Grant: For UW graduate students only. It is somewhat a hassle to apply, and the funding rate is around 50%. They give $300 for national conferences, $500 for international ones.
UW Physics Department Awards: There are a few awards given to UW physics graduate students in May, all of which come with a good amount of money. Nominations are due Aprilish. Solicit your advisor to nominate you.
Not Even Wrong: High energy physics and math blog by Peter Woit. It is nice to get interesting math news without the gory details. Warning: If you like string theory, don’t read this blog.
Resonaances: Particle phenomenology blog by Adam Falkowski. He is only doing somewhat regular weekly plot-posts these days. So it doesn’t update too much.
Backreaction: A very theoretical physics blog by Sabine Hossenfelder. She has interesting ideas about free will and conciousness.
Female Science Professor: Yes, they exist. A blog about experiences of a science professor as a female. However, she has also good insights about research, academia, graduate school, lab environment, etc.