The 2016 Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop will be held

June 13 - August 19

Applications for 2016 will be accepted starting in December. Meanwhile, you can read about the Summer Workshop philosophy and also see some superb results from past years in these reports:

2015 Summer Workshop Report

2014 Summer Workshop Report

2013 Summer Workshop Report

2012 Summer Workshop Report

Los Alamos National Laboratory's Computational Physics Division, in cooperation with other related divisions including Theoretical Design and Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences, is pleased to sponsor the annual Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop. The 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. Each participant is awarded a fellowship that typically ranges from $7,500 to $13,000, based on academic rank (junior, senior, 1st year graduate student, etc.).

For the 2016 Summer Workshop we plan to pursue the following research topics. Click on the links for more information.

  • Exploration of Discrete Ordinates Neutron Transport Methods on Unstructured Meshes (Neutron)
  • Interaction Between Waves and Vortices (Waves)
  • Mixtures in Warm Dense Matter (Warm)
  • Modeling Opacity Using Dense Plasma-Physics Models (Opacity)
  • Simulation of Supernova Explosions (Supernova)
  • Hydrodynamic Solver Effects on Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability (RichtMesh)
  • Asynchronous Navier-Stokes Solver for Unstructured Grids using Overdecomposition (AsyncNS)
  • Direct Numerical Simulations of Multi-Species Variable-Density Turbulence (MultiDen)
  • Exploration of Super-Time-Stepping for Detonation Shock Dynamics (SuperStep)
  • Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics Model for Laser-Excited Plasmas (PlasmaLight)
  • Exploiting concurrency in adaptive mesh hydrodynamic algorithms (TaskAdapt)
  • VPIC on Future Architectures (VPIC)

Noteworthy survey quotes from past participants:

"This was overall one of the best experiences of my life."

"My experiences there have completely changed the course of where I want my career to go and what I want to do with my life."

"I felt the overall quality of the workshop was really excellent."

"The workshop allowed me to...choose a dissertation project which was modern, academically interesting, and scientifically useful to the computational physics community."

"I appreciated my mentor's mentoring style, where he outlined the project and gave us much leeway in figuring out how to go about it."

Application Format

Submission Instructions

Only US citizens are admitted. Applications consist of a form that students complete on line and, in addition to that, the four items below, which will also be submitted on line. This year, we are transitioning to an automated system for receiving and processing applications. In the column to the right, a link is provided to that service. Below are notes on the four items required, in addition to the form:

(1) A one-page letter of introduction describing why the student desires to participate and how the workshop will complement their near-term academic and professional goals. The more professional the letter looks and reads, the better.

(2) The student's resume.

(3) An unofficial transcript for all the universities attended. For verification purposes, official versions will be required of students selected for participation in the workshop, but that will be needed much later. We ask that applicants assess how easy their transcript is to read. If their school's unofficial transcript is poorly formatted, for example with difficult to understand class names, poor choices of fonts, excessive white space, or distracting watermarks, they should consider providing a nicely formatted version that they create themselves. The presentation of their academic record does have an impact on the reviewers' ability to fairly evaluate their qualifications. Because schools often encrypt their transcripts, we will be asking for an image file (JPG).

(4) One letter of recommendation.

The deadline for application submission is January 25, 2016. Those selected will be notified by Monday, Feburary 15, 2016. Those selected will be required to reply with acceptance and official transcripts by Monday, February 29, 2016.

Questions may be addressed to the coordinator of the workshop:

  • Scott R. Runnels, Ph.D.
  • University Liaison for LANL's Advanced Scientific Computing Program
  • SRunnels@LANL.gov
  • 505-500-2842

Click here to begin an application. Your browser will be redirected to the automated application site, provided by SmarterSelect.com.

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