The 2016 Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop was held

June 13 - August 19

Applications for 2017 are not yet being accepted. Meanwhile, you can read about the Summer Workshop philosophy and also see some superb results from past years in these reports:

2016 Summer Workshop Report

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.).

The 2016 Summer Workshop pursued the following research topics. Click on the links for more information or read the 2016 final report listed to the left.

  • 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. 2016 applications consisted of a form that students completed on line and, in addition to that, the four items below, which were also be submitted on line. In 2016, we transitioned to an automated system for receiving and processing applications. In the column to the right, a link is provided to that service, however currently the application site is closed. Below are notes on the four items that were required, in addition to the form:

(1) A one-page letter of introduction describing why the student desired to participate and how the workshop would complement their near-term academic and professional goals. The more professional the letter looked and read, the better.

(2) The student's resume.

(3) An unofficial transcript for all the universities attended. For verification purposes, official versions were required of students selected for participation in the workshop.

(4) One letter of recommendation.

The deadline for application submission was January 25, 2016. Those selected were notified about three weeks after that. Those selected were 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
  • 505-500-2842

Students clicked here to begin an application. But the site is now closed.

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