The relatively large number of nuclear physicists at GW – one of the largest university-based nuclear-physics groups in the nation – makes the INS a very congenial work environment with a high degree of interaction between theorists and experimentalists pursuing the common goal of unraveling the laws governing nuclear reactions. This also provides a unique opportunity for students at both graduate and undergraduate levels to become involved in internationally recognized research at a very early stage, giving them a 'hands-on' learning experience at the forefront of basic research.
The various research projects of the Institute's members are carried out in collaboration with colleagues from around the world, with experiments taking place at several North American and European laboratories. Many of the current and future projects are geared to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) at Newport News, VA. JLab is the world's premier electron accelerator for nuclear physics, and GW is one of the charter members of the governing body of JLab, the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA).
INS physics faculty were involved in JLab since its inception. Other experiments under GW leadership are being carried out at the Mainz Microtron in Germany and anticipated at MAX-lab in Lund, Sweden.