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

Los Alamos Radiation Effects Summer School

June 3 – July 26, 2019


Program details

The Los Alamos Radiation Effects Summer School is co-sponsored by the Center for Space and Earth Sciences (CSES) and the Ultrascale Systems Research Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory. During the program, students will receive technical training and lectures, as well as opportunities to develop their written and oral communication skills.

Application and acceptance dates

The regular application process closed on December 31, 2018 and selected participants who applied during this time will be notified by February 15, 2019. The late submission application process is now open; applications are due by February 15. Selected participants will be notified by March 15, 2019.

Acceptance into the program 

Application packages are reviewed by a panel of experts. Acceptance into the program is based primarily on the student’s academic record, list of publications and presentations, nomination letter and affinity with a specific project. Program acceptance is also based on the student's interest in attending the summer school and the benefit to the student of attendance, as demonstrated in the cover letter. 

Attempts are made to identify highly qualified students from a diverse background, including academic, institutional and cultural diversity.

There are some restrictions on who may be accepted to the school; please see the eligibility page for more information. Preference is given to students who have completed at least their second year of a PhD program, but applications from undergraduates and Master's degree students will be considered as well. A limited number of students are accepted to the program each year, depending on funding. The summer school can now consider applications from US citizens and foreign nationals authorized to work in the US.


Top-ranked students accepted to the program will receive a prestigious Cibola (SEE-bo-lah) Fellowship worth $10,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellowships are disbursed after arrival at the Lab.


Students will attend a variety of lectures given by distinguished researchers at LANL and other US government agencies and universities. Topics are related to current radiation effects research, including testing techniques, data analysis, single-event effects, basic mechanisms, radiation environments and resilience and reliability at the component, device, and system levels.

Final presentation and report

At the end of the summer, students will give a short oral presentation of their research in a technical forum. In addition, students will write up their results as a first-author abstract suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed conference in radiation effects or high performance computing.


Students are expected to be attend the entire 8-week summer school, with exceptions granted for overlap of the student's academic calendar with the summer school and/or attendance at a conference during the summer school (e.g. NSREC). Any other absences must be approved by the summer school co-directors.

NSREC is a major conference in our field. No summer school lectures are scheduled during this time and students have the opportunity to attend this workshop.

If attending a conference during the summer school, students must arrange conference registration and reimbursement through their own home institutions.


Students are responsible for obtaining their own housing for the summer.