The first Conference on Science at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, hosted at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, will address the science that can be carried out at the Sanford Laboratory: Neutrino Physics, Proton Decay, Nuclear Astrophysics, Dark Matter, Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, Materials Science for Nuclear and Particle Physics, Geology, and Astrobiology and Life in Extreme Environments. The Conference will consist of plenary talks, parallel sessions devoted to specific subjects, and poster sessions.
The abstract submission and registration deadlines have been extended to May 1. The registration fee will increase by $50 if you have not paid by 5pm US Mountain Time on May 4.
An AARM workshop on low-background techniques will take place on the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday immediately following the conference. The AARM (Assay and Acquisition of Radiopure Materials) collaboration includes representatives from major dark matter and double beta decay experiments, as well as from the geology and microbiology communities, working together to better understand low-radioactivity environments and improve technologies for particle detection, simulation techniques, and material screening. Participation in the AARM workshop is optional but encouraged.
In order to increase the participation of under-represented minorities and junior physicists, we will provide travel awards of up to $600 for under-represented minorities and junior physicists (post-doctoral researchers and graduate students). Preference will be given to applicants giving talks or presenting posters at the Conference. The online application consists of a research abstract. Initial award notifications were made on March 25, 2015. The due date for applications has been extended to April 8, 2015, with final award notifications to be made by April 15, 2015.