NIU-UIC Graduate Traineeship Program


Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois-Chicago, in partnership with Argonne and Fermilab National Laboratories, have developed a comprehensive two-year program (C2-THE-P2 program) to train physics and computer science students in the computational tools necessary to advance the particle physics field.

Students accepted into the C2-THE-P2 program will begin their 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 labs.

Unique Opportunity

  • Earn an M.S. degree while being trained by exceptional scientists.
  • Students receive tuition waiver plus a stipend.
  • Participate in monthly technical seminars, hands-on learning experiences and bi-annual program events.
  • Benefit from close connections to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) for training and workshops.

Exceptional Faculty Mentors

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


Contact Us

For more information, please contact the program contacts:

C2-THE-P2 program/NIU Physics Graduate Program
Jahred Adelman

UIC Physics Graduate Program
Richard Cavanaugh

UIC Computer Science Graduate Program
Michael Papka