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.


USRC 2017 Student Symposium

This summer the Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) hosted the 2nd annual USRC Research Symposium on August 3, 2017. The purpose of this symposium, held at the LANL JR Oppenheimer Research Center, was to foster an understanding of the breadth and depth of the work done at the USRC and to spread ideas among USRC colleagues. 

The USRC is a collaboration between the New Mexico Consortium and LANL to engage universities and industry nationally in support of exascale research. The USRC investigates extreme scale computational sciences.

The 2017 USRC Research Symposium showcased presentations by 11 interns, ranging from undergraduates to postdocs, 10 posters by interns, and three staff talks. The symposium began with a welcome by LANL Staff Lissa Baseman and an overview of the USRC by USRC Director, Nathan DeBardeleben. The keynote speech on "Radiation Induced Effects on HPC Hardware" was given by LANL Staff Sean Blanchard.

To see the entire agenda and a list of talks, posters and authors click here. All USRC Research Symposium photos can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who participated. 


Symposium on Synthetic Immunity

The Symposium on Synthetic Immunity 2017 will be held from July 10 - 14, 2017 at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This symposium is hosted by the New Mexico Consortium and sponsored in part by Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

The participants in this symposium will discuss and debate how a combination of biology, clinical medicine, nanotechnology, and modeling enables us to obtain quantitative knowledge of specific processes in adaptive and innate immune responses in a healthy state as well as to determine the key steps that fail in a given disease state.

The symposium sessions will cover the following specific topics:

  • Immune System Modeling
  • Immune System Evasion by Pathogens
  • Novel Vaccines and Therapeutics Against Highly Variable and Resistant Pathogens
  • Immunology and Immunotherapy of Cancer and Neurological Disorders

To learn more about the Symposium on Synthetic Immunity click here.

Understanding Biology Through Structure 2017

The Understanding Biology Through Structure Symposium will run from 5:00pm May 13, 2017 through the evening of May 16. It will be held at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This meeting will be hosted by the New Mexico Consortium and sponsored in part by Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Structural Biology is entering an exciting new phase where we are witnessing over 10,000 new structures per year. In using powerful new cryo-EM and X-ray lasers as well as functional assays, we are making extremely rapid progress in understanding key biological processes and how they can be manipulated. The goal of this symposium is to bring together students and senior investigators who are developing new methods to facilitate discussion and interactions between these scientists.

To learn more see the UBTS 2017 website here


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