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UB awarded $1.45 million for high-energy physics research project

The University at Buffalo has been awarded $1.45 million in federal funding for high-energy physics research being conducted at UB's Large Hadron Collider, New York's senators announced Tuesday.

In a news release, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said the funding was allocated through the National Science Foundation.

The federal dollars will go towards the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider to search for new particles, carry out precision measurements of Standard Model processes, as well as study the decay of Higgs boson particles.

"The federal funding will supercharge the groundbreaking high-energy physics research happening at the University at Buffalo's Large Hadron Collider," Schumer said in the release.

"I will continue to fight to deliver federal resources that invest in our students, institutions and communities," he added.

Gillibrand stated the research being conducted by students and professors at UB is cutting-edge.

"I am always proud to fight in the Senate to support scientific research, and I will keep doing everything I can to make sure New York's researchers and students have the resources they need to thrive," she said.

The funding will foster collaboration with high school students and teachers through UB's outreach efforts to the QuarkNet and Science Olympiad programs, and support the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines through UB's Women in Science and Engineering initiative.

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