The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and x-ray facilities. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories, include basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. Students will conduct short in-person experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor and virtual or hybrid experiments at Argonne’s Advanced Photo Source, which provide hands-on experience for using neutron and synchrotron sources.
The School is jointly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory’s Educational Programs and Outreach Division; Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Neutron Scattering and Materials Science and Technology Divisions.
The School is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, and Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.
The school accepts 60 applicants each year, targeting:
- Graduate students attending North American (includes Canadian and Mexican) universities.
- Those using experimental physical analysis techniques in their research (typically getting a degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences, engineering, or related fields.)
Most commonly, priority is given to students who:
- Are expected to use multiple neutron or x-ray experimental techniques in their graduate research (ideally both x-rays and neutrons).
- Already started their graduate research and will utilize neutron and x-ray techniques to complete it (typically students in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate work).
- Typically only one student per department is accepted. Almost never more than one student from a single research group.
- Students from universities in states that are underrepresented in federal research funding are encouraged to apply.
The NX School is highly competitive and usually oversubscribed. To apply as student to the school:
- Read the application instructions.
- Talk with your thesis advisor about the application.
- Make sure at least three referrers, one being your thesis advisor, complete the Evaluation Form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without a letter from the advisor will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to follow up with the referrers and make sure the letters are submitted prior to the deadline.
- Complete and submit an online application.