Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
Part of the National Security Education Center

Los Alamos Radiation Effects Summer School

June 7 – August 6, 2021


Application process

The application process for the 2021 summer session will open in autumn 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of engineers and scientists from LANL’s Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) and High Performance Computing (HPC) divisions.


LANL’s ISR division contributes technical expertise to many space exploration missions. The Mars Curiosity rover’s ChemCam instrument is shown here with Principal Investigator Roger Wiens.

Application process

Before applying:

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form (pdf)
  2. Email application materials as a PDF attachment to radfx-school@lanl.gov by Friday Jan 22nd, 2021.
    • Combine all items into one PDF (nomination letter may be included in the one PDF or sent separately).
    • PDF size should be under ~5 MB, or it may be bounced by the email server.

Application materials

  1. Cover letter describing your research interests, why it would benefit you to attend, potential project ideas and mentor requests (no more than two pages).
  2. Current CV including full list of publications and presentations (no page limit).
    • In the publications list, only include manuscripts which have been published, are in press, or are officially submitted to a journal. Do not list any manuscripts which are in preparation and not yet submitted.
    • If there are any non-peer-reviewed publications, they may be included in the list, but must be indicated as non-peer-reviewed publications
    • In the presentation list, include both talks and posters. If you were not first-author on a presentation, but you were the primary presenter, you may indicate this.
    • Indicate any invited presentations.
  3. Undergraduate and graduate
    • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
    • If transcripts are not in English, provide a translation.
    • If grades are not in the U.S.-traditional lettered (A,B,C), or GPA (out of 4.0) formats, provide a conversion of your grades into the lettered format or GPA on a scale of 4.0.
    • Transcripts will also be used to confirm that you are a currently enrolled graduate student. Therefore, it is recommended that graduate transcripts include classes in progress for the current term, or else be dated very recently and indicate, in some way, your status as a currently enrolled student.
    • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for undergraduate studies (verified with undergraduate transcript) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 for graduate studies (verified with graduate transcript).
  4. Brief description of your graduate program and how far along you are in that program. This description should include the name of your degree, typical number of years to completion, and the schedule of required degree qualification exams. You should indicate your current year in school and if you have already completed your core course requirements and any of the degree qualification exams. (No more than half a page)
  5. Nomination letter from your advisor.
  6. Two additional reference letters if you are NOT enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. Please note that if you are enrolled in a graduate program outside the U.S., you must be enrolled in a PhD program for your application to be considered.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on time. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your application materials from the summer school director within two days of submitting your application, please contact the summer school at radfx-school@lanl.gov.