Junior Science and Humanities Symposia

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) is open for New Mexico students to apply and is looking for volunteers to be judges. This event will be held March 2 - 3, 2018 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. 

The JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (Grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for career exploration, research lab visits, peer discussions, and networking are planned.

Information for interested judges:

Student information:

The application deadline is January 28, 2018. Apply at http://stemed.unm.edu/junior-science-and-humanities-symposia

  • Students present their research using a Powerpoint Presentation to a panel of judges
  • Students can present the SAME project the presented at the Research Challenge
  • Tour Air Force Research Labs
  • Meet like-minded peers


Students who are selected to make presentations at the Southwest Regional JSHS have an opportunity to win undergraduate, tuition-based scholarships and cash awards from $50 to $2,000. 

The Academy of Applied Sciences will distribute $4,500 in academic scholarships to the top three regional finalists:

  • $2,000 to first place;
  • $1,500 to second place;
  • $1,000 to third place.

The top five finalists are invited to advance to the National JSHS.

Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge

This is a call to all New Mexico students, teachers, and science fair judges interested in taking part in the Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge.  This event takes place March 22-24  at the Manuel Lujan Exhibit Complex - Expo NM. 

For all information on this event go to:


Information for students:

Students and teams may register here. The paperwork deadline is February 7th.

Schedule of events:

  • Thursday, March 22 ~ Project Set Up
  • Friday, March 23 ~ Judging Day & Open House
  • Saturday, March 24 ~ Award Ceremonies

Information for teachers:

Create an account or sign in to sponsor your student(s) here.

Information for judges:

You can sign up to be a Regional/Category judge online by clicking here. If you never judged before please fill out all of the requested information. The webpage has infomation on how to register, how to judge a participant, how to pracitice entering your evaluations on a mobile device and more. 

NSEC/LANL Summer School Opportunities

National Security Education Center (NSEC) and other Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Schools for 2018 include:


Computer System, Cluster, and Networking Summer Institute

The Computer System, Cluster, and Networking Summer Institute (CSCNSI) is a focused technical enrichment program for students currently engaged in computer science, computer engineering, or similar major. The primary objective of the CSCNSI is to provide a thorough introduction to the techniques and practices of cluster computing.

Dates: The CSCNSI is executed as a paid ten-week research internship, June 5 through August 10, and will be held at the Los Alamos Research Park in Los Alamos, NM.

Deadline: December 1, 2017.

US Citizen Requirement: Students hired into these positions have the potential to work toward a regular position within a Division that will require a Q Clearance. To obtain a Q Clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; US citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter.

IS&T Data Science at Scale Summer School

The Los Alamos National Lab’s Data Science at Scale School was inaugurated in 2013 to recruit outstanding students to the laboratory to participate in data intensive science projects. Particular focus is placed on using big data technologies to gain insights from science data.

Target Student: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students

Dates: Although most students are present at the lab for 12 weeks in the June to August timeframe, the schedule is flexible to meet individual needs and the school is active year round.

Deadline: January 15, 2018.

US Citizen Requirement: Students need not be US citizens.

Parallel Computing Summer Research Internship

A 10 week program aimed at providing students with a foundation in modern high performance computing (HPC) topics integrated with research on real problems encountered in large-scale scientific codes. Students will collaborate in teams to identify and investigate different computational problems and implement solutions with guidance from mentors with scientific and computational expertise.

This highly-selective program is designed for upper division undergraduates to early graduate students from all STEM fields. As a general guideline, students should have moderate experience with a compiled scientific computing language, such as C, C++, or Fortran and with the Linux operating system.

Dates: The program will last ten weeks, June 4 through August 10, 2018, and will be held at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Students must be available to live and work in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Deadline: January 26, 2018. Apply now!

US Citizenship Requirement: None. Students must be enrolled in an accredited US university and be in good academic standing.

ISTI/ASC Co-Design Summer School

Co-design School recruits 6-8 graduate students from varying backgrounds (usually computer science, computational physics, and mathematics) to work on a computational codesign topic, such as novel programming models, on a specific application, such as hydrodynamics.  The work usually results in research papers and posters.

Target Student: Upper-level graduate students

Dates: Students must be available to live and work in Los Alamos, New Mexico for 10 weeks, sometime from mid-May through early September of 2017 (exact dates TBD).

Deadline: January 26, 2018

US Citizenship Requirement: Does not require US citizenship.

Cyber Security School 

This summer school is a paid 10-week summer internship where students will learn the necessary concepts and skills for cyber incident response. In addition to classroom training and lectures, students will spend most of their time working with a mentor on a small team project.

Target Student: Junior, Senior, or Master's students

Dates: This is a 10 week program from June 5 through August 10, 2018.

Deadline: January 10, 2018.

US Citizenship Requirement: You must be eligible for a Q clearance, besides that there is no US citizenship requirement.

Applied Research in Earth Science (ARiES) Summer School - Machine Learning Research Fellowship 

This is an intense 10-week program is aimed at providing students with a solid foundation in modern machine learning (ML) topics combined with research on real problems encountered in national laboratory missions.

Target Student: Graduate students

Dates: The program will be 10 weeks long from May 29 through August 3, 2018

Deadline: December 15, 2017

US Citizenship Requirement: Does not require US citizenship.

Computational Physics Workshop 

While not an NSEC Summer School, the Computational Physics Workshop has similar purpose and objectives, and offers a similar opportunity as the NSEC Summer Schools. This workshop seeks to bring to Los Alamos National Laboratory a diverse group of exceptional undergraduate and graduate students for informative, enriching lectures and to work with its staff for 10 weeks on interesting, relevant projects that may culminate in articles or conference presentations. Students are organized into groups of 2-3 working under the guidance of one or more mentors.

Dates: June 11 to August 17, 2018.

Deadline: January 16, 2018.

US Citizenship Requirement: You must be a US citizen.

Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School

The Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School focuses a select group of students on the multi-disciplinary field of dynamics, spanning electrical, mechanical, structural and cyber-physical systems*. The students’ research will be applied to creating solutions to Los Alamos National Laboratory mission-relevant problems defined by LANL R&D engineers.

Dates: June 4 –August 3, 2018

Deadline: January 17, 2018

US Citizenship Requirement: You must be a US citizen.

Space Weather

This summer school, sponsored by various organizations within Los Alamos National Laboratory, brings together top space science graduate students and the Lab’s internationally renowned space scientists to work on challenging space weather topics and instrumentation.

Dates: June 4 –July 27, 2018

Deadline: January 12, 2018.

US Citizenship Requirement: The program is open to US and foreign PhD students in space physics, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or a related field. Review the information for non-US citizens, if applicable

Seaborg Institute Summer Research Fellowship

Summer Research Fellowships Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory, sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security and the G. T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science.

Dates: 10-12 weeks between June and August

Deadline: October 27, 2017

US Citizenship Requirement: All nationalities welcome to apply.

Summer Physics Camp for Young Women

Free two-week summer school at Poquaque Valley High School for local high school women to participate in science as well as learn from and get to know female professionals working in STEM programs as scientists, research technologists, and engineers.

Dates: June 11 - 22, 2018

Deadline: TBT

US Citizenship Requirement: All nationalities welcome to apply.

Future Female Leaders in Engineering

The future Female Leaders in Engineering (FFLIE) Program inspires undergraduate students to achieve their full potential as engineers and future leaders. It also supports and celebrates their many achievements and successes.

Dates: June 13 to August 8, 2018

Deadline: No deadline. Apply as soon as you can.

US Citizenship Requirement: US citizenship required.

Judicial Science School

Developed through close collaboration between the Laboratory’s top science, engineering, and legal professionals, this week-long course represents a complete primer on the scientific method that is tailored for judges. The goal of this program is to enable judges to make more informed decisions about the admissibility of scientific evidence. When judges improve, lawyers must improve, and the people and businesses in our courts will benefit from a better justice system.

Dates: April 2-6, 2018 and again August 2018

Deadline to Apply: For more information contact the NSEC.

US Citizenship Requirement: You must be a US citizen as well as a judge for this program.

SOS Advanced Studies Institute

The Advanced Studies Institute is a professional development opportunity for multi-disciplinary advanced Ph.D. students and postdocs interested in learning skills needed for research program development at National Laboratories and academia. 

Dates: April 16 to May 14, 2018

Deadline to Apply: January 17, 2018

US Citizenship Requirement: This program welcomes qualified applicants who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents; however, since LANL is a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory, there are extra paperwork requirements for non-U.S. citizens.

Nonproliferation Summer School

Students spend a summer learning about how game-changing science, engineering, and technology are applied to reduce the dynamic threats of nuclear proliferation.  Students spend the majority of their time working either individually or in small teams with a LANL staff member on a research project that has a strong connection to nuclear security science and nonproliferation.

Dates:  mid-June to mid-August

Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2017

US Citizenship Requirement: Must be a US citizen.


LANL Research Fundamental to HIV-1 Vaccine Study

Dec. 1, 2017 - For World AIDS Day, international partners have announced the first study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial. The goal of the mosaic vaccine will be to elicit immune responses that can protect a vaccinated person from the world of HIV diversity that they might encounter.

The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.

The search for an HIV vaccine has been challenging due in part to the virus’s incredible diversity. HIV-1 has an ability to mutate rapidly, which results in great global genetic diversity with multiple strains and subtypes prevalent in different parts of the world.

The mosaic design was based on input that included thousands of HIV sequences kept at the Los Alamos HIV Database, a publicly available international resource funded through the National Institutes of Health. 

See LANL News to read the full article:  "Los Alamos Research Fundamental to First Efficacy Study for Mosaic HIV-1 Preventive Vaccine"

Dr. Terry Wallace Named New LANL Director

Nov. 29, 2017 - Dr. Terry Wallace has been appointed as the new Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
The appointments were announced yesterday November 28th, 2017 by Norman J. Pattiz and Barbara E. Rusinko, Chair and Vice Chair of the Los Alamos National Security (LANS) Board of Governors, and are effective January 1, 2018.
Wallace, age 61, will succeed Dr. Charlie McMillan, who announced in September his plans to retire from the Laboratory by the end of the year. Wallace becomes the 11th Director in the Laboratory’s nearly 75-year history.

To read the full article see:

LANL Article: New Director Named at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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