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Jennifer Raaf

Research Scientist, Neutrino Division, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

About Jennifer

Jennifer L. Raaf is a Senior Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). She studies neutrinos to understand how they fit into our best description of the universe. The underground locations of many neutrino experiments also enable searches for extremely rare processes like proton decay, which if observed, would be evidence that the forces governing particle interactions at energies we’re capable of studying are actually unified at much higher energies. Different “grand unified theories” tying together the strong, weak and electromagnetic forces make a range of predictions about how long protons take to decay

Raaf has been at Fermilab since 2011, building, operating, and analyzing data from neutrino detectors. She is a spokesperson for the LArIAT experiment, and currently serves as head of the DUNE Department in Neutrino Division. She also participates in the MicroBooNE and Super-Kamiokande experiments.



DOE Early Career Research Award, 2016
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, 2016
Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, 2011
University of Cincinnati, Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, 2003


Kearns group, Boston University, 07/2005-12/2010


Physics, University of Cincinnati, 06/2005


Physics, University of Cincinnati, 03/2001


Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , 05/1997

Interested in
  • Mentoring
  • Mentorship
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • Science Outreach
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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