Minerba Betancourt

Minerba Betancourt recently has been awarded a highly competitive Wilson Fellowship at Fermilab National Laboratory (Fermilab).

She was a Post-Doc at Fermilab since 2013.  The first opportunity to work in experimental high energy physics was the moment she joined the MINOS experiment during a summer at Tufts University in 2008.  

The first opportunity to work in experimental high energy physics was the moment  she joined the MINOS experiment during a summer at Tufts University in 2008.  Soon thereafter, based on this amazing experience, she entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota to continue to work on neutrinos and joined the NOvA experiment. In the Spring 2010, she moved to Fermilab in order to work on installation and commissioning of the NOvA prototype detector, through a one-year URA Visiting Scholars Program award. Starting Feb 2011, she was elected to serve a two-year term as the early-career representative of the NOvA Executive Committee. She graduated in 2013 and she joined Fermilab as a post-doctoral researcher, working for the MINERvA experiment. In MINERvA experiment she is the co-convener of the important physics group and recently she was elected as member of the MINERvA Executive Committee.

Outside of the standard research and related duties, she  is involved in outreach through the Saturday Morning program and mentoring high school students for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) program. She was one of the organizers of the Neutrino Seminar Series (2013-2015) which is part of the recently formed Neutrino Division. In addition, she was elected to serve as a member of the Fermilab User’s Executive Committee.

Betancourt grew up in Merida-Venezuela and came to the USA for the PhD in Physics program at the University of Minnesota.  She holds a master and undergraduate degree from Universidad de los Andes at Venezuela, while at home she was a teacher.

She says:

Science brings many possibilities, for example research and teaching. I enjoy both. I have been very happy I enjoy doing research at Fermilab laboratory