With Snowmass on the Mississippi less than two weeks away the Young Physicist Movement (YPM) will be closing the survey on July 15th 2013. This means if you haven’t taken the survey you have less than one week to take it and let your voice be heard!
We are busy starting to compile the results, verify our data, and dreaming of the plots that we think will be of the most interest to the organizers of Snowmass.
Ever wonder what others think their odds of finding a permanent position in High Energy Physics is? Ever wonder if people working in the Intensity Frontier have a different outlook than those in the Energy Frontier? Have you thought about which experiments that are planned seem most exciting to graduate students, post-docs, tenured faculty?
Hopefully we will have answers to these and many other interesting questions using the data in the survey. But none of this is possible if we don’t get as many people in HEP to take this survey. So please, encourage your fellow collaborators, office mates, professors, grad students, undergrads, people who have left the field….EVERYONE who has touched High Energy Physics to take the survey!
This brings me to the next important point. Just as it has been important that physicists (young and not so young) have been involved in the planning process up till now, it is even more critical that we get as many people to attend Snowmass as possible. Speaking as a young person in this field I am specifically stressing this point to anyone who is in this field and intends to make a go at making this their career. The topics that will be discussed, decisions that will be made, and recommendations that will be passed on to the funding agencies all come out of the Snowmass planning process. Thus if you are not part of that conversation, you risk having someone else, someone who will likely no longer be in High Energy Physics, making the long term planning decision for you.
However, it is definitely not to late to have your voice heard! But first you have to get to the conference. Registration details can be found at http://www.hep.umn.edu/css2013/
You should be reaching out to your advisors, bosses, and PI’s and finding out if you can go to the conference. Rooms in the dorms are relatively cheap, carpools are being arranged, finding roommates to split the cost of a hotel are being sought. Snowmass YPM is trying to help as many people as possible. If you are interested but just need help connecting some of the pieces please feel free to email any of the conveners in the YPM, our emails can be found http://snowmassyoung.hep.net/about.html