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The Seventeenth Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School

School overview and focus.


  • Institute Director
  • Charles Farrar
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  • Executive Administrator
  • Ellie Vigil
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  • Administrative Assistant
  • Rebecca Duran
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The Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School is a very selective summer school in which top upper-level US-citizen undergraduate students from universities around the nation attend lectures and work in teams of three with a Los Alamos Lab mentor on research projects related to the Engineering Institute's technology focus. Their objective is to produce a conference publication summarizing their results by the end of the summer. 

The goal of this program is threefold:

  • to encourage these students to attend graduate school and specialize in fields related to NNSA’s mission
  • to recruit the top students to return to Los Alamos National Laboratory in following summers as graduate research assistants (GRAs)
  • to subsequently hire the best of these students as Los Alamos National Lab staff upon completion of their graduate degrees

Over the last seven years, 150 students from 50 academic institutions have participated in the summer school and sixteen such TSM’s have been hired.

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