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Discussions about such scientific terms as protons, neutrons and electrons come naturally for David Galinski. The Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Electrical Engineering Technology student has a 3.9 grade point average in his area of study and was recently invited to join The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) team as a paid intern.
The Newport News facility is a hub for scientists who engage in basic and applied research. The primary area of research involves a study of the atom’s nucleus at the quark level. A quark is a fast-moving point of energy. Protons and neutrons are composed of two types: up quarks and down quarks. The technology developed at the lab is used to conduct Physics experiments. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Jefferson Lab garners support from the City of Newport News and the Commonwealth of Virginia and has strong relationships with industry and university partners.