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 introduces undergraduate students to the nuclear science field. NS3 is hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) and offers lectures and activities at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). It annually features lectures by local and visiting researchers, and nuclear physics labs. It also offers 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 attend the summer school. 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 was held at FRIB on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, MI from June 3 to 21, 2019. The principal lecturers included 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 was 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) was a free week-long program for high school students and teachers. It was sponsored by the JINA-CEE, which is a Physics Frontier Center funded by NSF.

The program took 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 introduced participants to the fundamentals of the domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the domain of astrophysics and cosmology.

Lectures covered experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, astrophysical modeling, and astronomical observations. Specific topics included those listed below. 

  • 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


FRIB Theory Alliance Topical Program: “Hadronic electric dipole moments in the FRIB era: From the proton to protactinium”
12-23 August 2019
Michigan State University

FRIB hosted a two-week FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) Topical Program titled “Hadronic electric dipole moments in the FRIB era: From the proton to protactinium” from 12-23 August. The program was attended by forty-two participants from twenty-two institutions on three continents. 

The searches for permanent electric dipole moments (EDMs) are among the most sensitive probes of the new physics beyond the Standard Model. Combined with modern molecular precision measurements techniques developed for electron EDM searches, EDM searches using radioactive molecules could have an unprecedented sensitivity to study how fundamental symmetries of nature, such as parity, charge conjugation, and time-reversal are violated. The focus of the program was on the unique research opportunities offered by FRIB in this area.

Read more about the topical program here: FRIB hosts theory-alliance program on hadronic electric dipole moments