FRIB hosts summer schools for science exploration

FRIB hosted a number of summer schools to allow students and early-career scientists the opportunity to explore the world of science.

NS3 Nuclear Science Summer School
12-18 May 2019
Michigan State University

NS3 Nuclear Science Summer School introduced undergraduate students to the nuclear science field. NS3 is hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) and will offer lectures and activities at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). It had lectures by local and visiting researchers, and nuclear physics labs. There was also a tour of the facility, discussions with graduate students and faculty, and more.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), NSCL, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) fund participation in NS3.

Read more about the 2019 JINA-CEE NS3 Summer School here: NS3 Nuclear Science Summer School held 12-18 May at MSU.

First Frontiers Summer School
15-18 May 2019
Michigan State University

The First Frontiers Summer School is aimed at early-career scientists in nuclear physics, astrophysics, or astronomy who are interested in developing their cross-field literacy. Senior undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs are all welcome to apply. The school provides training to early-career scientists in the major areas of JINA-CEE science:

  • Where do the elements come from that make up our world?
  • What are basic properties of matter when compressed to high density?

Read more about the 2019 First Frontiers Summer School here: First Frontiers Summer School held 15-18 May at MSU.


FRIB-TA Summer School - Machine Learning Applied to Nuclear Physics
20-23 May 2019
Michigan State University

The FRIB-TA Summer School on Machine Learning brought together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scientific experts to discuss an important emerging science of machine learning and how it applies to nuclear science.

Read more about the 2019 FRIB-TA Summer School on Machine Learning here: FRIB hosts summer school on machine learning.


TALENT Course 6
3-21 June 2019
Michigan State University

The second TALENT course on theory for exploring nuclear reaction experiments is held at FRIB on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, MI from June 3 to 21, 2019. The principal lecturers will include Carl Brune, James DeBoer, Charlotte Elster, and Sofia Quaglioni.

Students participating in the course were introduced to modern methods of describing nuclear reactions, developed an understanding of approximation methods employed in reducing the many-body reaction problem to a more manageable task, and gained hands-on experience with describing nuclear reaction data. In particular, this advanced course is be focused on:

  • Microscopic (or, calculable) and phenomenological R-matrix theory for the description of continuum scattering and reaction observables; and
  • Coupled channels methods and other tools for interpreting direct reactions.

Read more about TALENT Course 6 here: TALENT Course 6 Summer School held 3-21 June at FRIB

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) @ Michigan State Experience
15-26 July 2019
Michigan State University

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) is a free week-long program for high school students and teachers. It is sponsored by the JINA-CEE, which is a Physics Frontier Center funded by NSF.

The program takes place at one of two nuclear-physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Notre Dame and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at MSU. NSL and NSCL faculty, staff, and students lead the lectures and experiments. The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the domain of astrophysics and cosmology.

Lectures will cover experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, astrophysical modeling, and astronomical observations. Specific topics include those listed below. Additional topics will be added based on participant interest:

  • Nuclear physics: Shell structure, driplines, reactions, and direct and indirect measurements
  • Astronomy: Stellar evolution, halo stars, first stars and CEMP stars, and dwarf galaxies and cosmology
  • Astrophysics: Galactic chemical evolution, core-collapse supernova, neutrinos, neutron stars, and gravitational waves