Host Institutions

The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, is the second oldest institution in the US, and is well recognized for its high academic standards and cutting-edge research. The academic year of 2018/19 is a very special one, as the WM community celebrates the 100th anniversary of the acceptance of the first female full-time students on campus.


The Physics department has a long positive record of excellence in undergraduate education and active involvement of undergraduates in cutting-edge research. The department has 29 Full-time Faculty members, about 60 full-time graduate students and approximately 30 undergraduate majors per year.  The department has active research programs in nuclear physics, high-energy and particle physics, condensed matter, computational physics and atomic, molecular and optical physics.

The partnership with Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) provides an exciting opportunity to expose the conference participants to this large-scale nuclear research facility, which employs several hundreds of scientists with a broad range of scientific and geographical backgrounds. Jefferson Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy basic nuclear physics research facility. Jefferson Lab’s mission is to provide forefront scientific facilities, opportunities, and leadership essential for discovering the fundamental nature of nuclear matter; to partner with university, government and industrial entities to apply its advanced technology; and to serve the nation and its communities through education and public outreach, all with uncompromising excellence in environment, health and safety.

Jefferson Lab is home to the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, or CEBAF, an electron-beam accelerator capable of delivering low- and medium-energy, polarized beams of electrons into three large structures called halls (A, B and C), and photons to a fourth hall (D), where the experiments take place. The facilities and the experiments are designed to explore the building blocks of matter, such as quarks and gluons, and how these particles make up protons and neutrons. The lab recently completed a major upgrade to CEBAF, taking it from a 6 GeV to a 12 GeV machine. The upgraded accelerator began delivering beam to all four experimental halls in 2017, and Jefferson Lab and the Department of Energy held a dedication ceremony in May 2018, with physics currently underway. The U.S. and international nuclear physics community is eager to continue its experimental program with the upgraded CEBAF.

Conference Venue

To experience the magic and unique charm of Colonial Williamsburg, the conference participants will be staying at Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection. Situated in the heart of the city, this hotel seamlessly blends historic elegance with modern comfort. Drawing inspiration from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, the hotel’s folk-inspired style blends harmoniously with modern amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi.  Keep yourself energized by a workout in the fitness center, or a dip in our resort’s pools.  The resort is also minutes from historic Jamestown and Yorktown.