We will supplement the exposure to instrumentation that a new generation of grad students may have had, through a combination of advanced physics lab and topical instrumentation schools. We have found that graduating seniors who have taken advanced lab have far more experience with instrumentation and measurement techniques than entering grad students. Since the advanced undergraduate lab facilities and instructors exist at our universities, the selected grad students who have not had advanced lab as undergrads will be required to take the advance lab course. A related opportunity is for our experimental HEP grad students to act as teaching assistants in our undergrad advanced lab.

Most of our participating universities have labs where students get hands-on experience with detector hardware and state-of-the-art instrumentation. This is an important element of our mentoring program.

With a combination of advanced lab courses, seminars, and summer school activities, the selected fellow will get the best training through the entire HEPCAT institutions.