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STEM Education Programs

Los Alamos National Laboratory views its investment in STEM education as strengthening the Lab’s strategic direction and developing its current and future workforce.

October 1, 2018
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We don't have to teach children to ask questions. That comes naturally. We have to not stop them.

Opportunities for all STEM students

Program Name



Parallel Computing Summer Research Internship

Contact: Rob Robey

An intense 10 week program aimed at providing students with a solid foundation in modern high performance computing (HPC) topics integrated with research on real problems encountered in large-scale scientific codes.

Upper-level undergraduate and early graduate students

Computer System, Cluster and Networking Summer Institute


Contact: Catherine Hinton

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

Third year (i.e., Junior) undergraduate students

Co-Design Summer School



Contact: Christopher Junghans

The Los Alamos ISTI/ASC Co-Design Summer School was created to train future scientists to work on the kinds of interdisciplinary teams that are demanded by today’s scientific challenges.


Must be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in a relevant field of study

Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop



Contact: Jim Hill

The Computational Physics Student Summer 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.

Undergraduate and graduate students

Data Science at Scale School 


Contact: David Rogers

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

Outstanding undergraduate students in computer science, data science, math or statistics


Machinist Apprentice Program


Contact: Heidi Hahn

Los Alamos National Laboratory adopted a competency-based approach for training and qualifying its machinist apprentices. With this approach, the focus is on what the apprentice learned (or already knows), and not how long they spent in class or learning a skill.

High school graduates or General Equivalency Diploma

Seaborg Institute



Contact: Susan Ramsay




The Los Alamos branch of the Institute integrates research programs on the chemical, physical, nuclear, and metallurgical properties of the lighter actinide elements, with a special emphasis on plutonium. The Institute serves as a national center for the education and training of students, visiting scientists, and faculty at all educational levels in transactinium science.

Full time graduate students interested in the areas of Nuclear Radiochemistry or Actinide Science

Postdoctoral Fellows Program


Contact: Susan Ramsay


The Seaborg Nuclear Science Fellowships for Signatures, Energy, Security, Environment will support research in nuclear science relevant to Laboratory mission areas by attracting and funding a future generation of postdoctoral scientists to foster sustained excellence and enhanced external visibility in nuclear-science-related areas and to establish a broad intellectual community for nuclear science.

Postdoctoral students

Explore Your Universe


Contact: Nicole Lloyd-Ronning

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what exactly is out there? Do you want to know what a black hole is and if it really exists? Have you always been curious about what dark matter and dark energy are, or thought about the possibility of life on other planets? In this class, students will learn about current outstanding questions in astrophysics, while possibly contributing to solving some of these exciting problems. Students will explore astrophysics research problems in small teams, guided by mentors who work at LANL. Topics are guided by each student’s interests, and the class welcomes everyone regardless of his/her math and science background - all that is required is a desire to learn more about the universe!

Elementary and middle school students

Physics is Fun


Contact: Nicole Lloyd-Ronning


This is a series of visits to elementary and middle school classrooms, in which students engage in hands-on physics and astronomy activities (with materials generously provided by the LAPS foundation). Experiments involve topics such as electric and magnetic forces, gravity and black holes, the electromagnetic spectrum, sound, and more! Topics and visit times are scheduled according to the needs of the teacher/class.

Elementary and middle school students

Summer Research Fellowships



Contact: Susan Ramsay



Fellowships generally run 8-10 weeks, and give students an opportunity to join Los Alamos scientists in independent research projects that can contribute to their thesis or advanced degree. While at Los Alamos, Research Fellows are encouraged to attend our weekly lecture series on a wide variety of current research topics presented by Los Alamos experts. Students are expected to present their research results at a poster session at the end of the summer experience.

Outstanding graduate student candidates

Math & Science Academy


Contact: Zach Leonard

The Laboratory's Math and Science Academy (MSA) provides quality STEM education professional development for teachers in participating schools and districts.

Elementary Teachers

Scientist Ambassador Academy


Contact: Pamela Dresher
Mel Strong



The Scientist Ambassador Academy (SAA) is a training program designed to help anyone working in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) field have fulfilling face-to-face interactions with the public that promote appreciation and understanding of current STEM research and its applications. Upon completion of the program, certified Scientist Ambassadors (SA) will be able to effectively share the fun and enjoyment of doing and understanding science with a variety of audiences. In its first two years the program certified 19 Scientist Ambassadors.

Laboratory employees

Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School



Contact: Charles Farrar

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. 

Upper division (rising Junior or Senior) undergraduate students or first-year graduate students

Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School


Contact: Misa Cowee


The Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School, established in 2011 under the founding Director Josef Koller, is dedicated to space weather, space science and applications.

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


Students enrolled in a PhD program in space physics, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or a related field.

Applied Research in Earth Sciences (ARiES) Summer School



Contact: Diane Oyen


The Applied Research in Earth Sciences (ARiES) Geoscience Summer School is dedicated to helping students explore applications of earth science beyond academic research and the oil and natural gas industry.

ARiES aims to bring graduate students together with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) experts in geoscience to work on exciting and challenging problems related to national and global security.


Graduate students

High School Internship Program

Contact: Cassandra Casperson

For high school students looking to get a head start on their career and earn money in the process, the High School Internship Program could be just the thing. The program combines academic studies with on-the-job training in a variety of career fields. Students can work full time during the summer and continue working part time during the academic year.

High School students

Undergraduate Student Program


Contact: Scott Robbins


The Undergraduate Student (UGS) Program offers summer, part-time, and full-time appointments for undergraduate students.

The program is a year-round educational program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing an undergraduate degree. This educational program is designed to complement the students' education with work experience related to their chosen field of study. There are appointments in both the technical and professional fields.


Undergraduate students

Graduate Research Assistant Program


Contact: Scott Robbins


The Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Program is a year-round educational program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing a graduate degree. In some cases, students can arrange to conduct master's or doctoral thesis research at the Laboratory.

Graduate students

Information Science And Technology Institute (ISTI)


Contact: Stephan Eldenbenz

The Information Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) enables the execution of Laboratory's institutional IS&T pillar through revitalization of technical IS&T areas, recruiting, and retention of IS&T staff. Learn more about ISIT.  We encourage Laboratory staff to contact us for help, advice, or funding for new IS&T initiatives

Undergraduate and graduate students

Future Female Leaders in Engineering


Contact: Heidi Hahn

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

Female undergraduate engineering majors