Rachel Hyneman and Will Bergan

Will Bergan '15 and Rachel Hyneman '15 were selected to participate in the summer program at CERN REU (Joe McClain / / April 21, 2014)

Two students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg are among 12 U.S. undergraduates chosen for a prestigious summer research program in Europe at the world’s largest particle physics lab.

Rachel Hyneman of Springfield, Va., and Will Bergan of Gilbert, Ariz., are set to leave for Switzerland on June 6 and spend the next eight weeks working with some of the world’s foremost scientists at CERN as part of its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Located in the suburbs of Geneva, CERN is the site where the Higgs boson — considered by some the Holy Grail of particle physics — was discovered in 2012.

“It is exceptional that William and Mary was successful in placing not one — but two — students into the CERN REU,” said Wouter Deconinck, who conducts the college’s own summer REU program in physics.

The CERN program will cover the students’ airfare, meals, housing and a $2,500 stipend.