U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Educational Opportunities

Accelerator Schools


Graduate Programs

Colorado State University:
Students may study
- Charged Particle Beam and Laser Beam Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Beam Dynamics, Controls, RF Devices, Lasers, Optical Materials and Computing to name a few areas of interest),
- High-Energy Physics in the Department of Physics
- Radiation and Health Physics in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
There are also remote learning possibilities through CSU Online. Please contact Professor Sandra Biedron biedron@engr.colostate.edu for more information.

Cornell University:
Students who wish to undertake graduate study in Accelerator Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, and Theoretical Particle Physics may pursue a Ph.D. through Cornell's Department of Physics.

Cornell University has created the Graduate Education in Accelerator Research (GEAR) program to increase the number of graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in accelerator physics. Doctoral students from all universities are invited to carry-out their thesis research at Cornell University. Students will spend up to two years at Cornell doing research under the supervision of an accelerator faculty member, working on a topic of interest to that faculty member. Your home faculty advisor will also have the opportunity to participate. Prior to starting research at Cornell, you are expected to take prerequisite courses at your home institution and attend the USPAS. This approach provides the opportunity to be supervised by faculty and to interact extensively with the accelerator or device targeted by your research in a way that is rarely available. Up to two GEAR students will work alongside Cornell's doctoral students in accelerator physics. Send letters of interest to lepp-search@cornell.edu

Florida Atlantic University:
The experimental portion of the Graduate Program in Physics at Florida Atlantic University concentrates on condensed matter physics and spectroscopy.

Illinois Institute of Technology:
The Center for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Instrumentation (CSSRI) at the Illinois Institute of Technology coordinates and facilitates activities among the CATs affiliated with IIT, and any other scientists at the University with an interest in synchrotron radiation research. Graduate programs in Physics and Molecular Biophysics as well as other science and engineering disciplines use synchrotron radiation as a research tool. The Center for Accelerator and Particle Physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology is committed to progress in Elementary Particle Physics and Beam Physics in Chicago and northern Illinois.

Michigan State University:
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) are prominent nuclear physics installations in the US. These associated facilities are located directly on the MSU campus and support many graduate students studying accelerator science and technology through the Department of Physics and Astronomy (including in the USPAS-affiliated VUBeam program), the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and other engineering departments. Students can gain hands-on experience in superconducting RF technology, ion source development, beam dynamics and optics, computer modeling, cryogenic systems, beam diagnostics and instrumentation, accelerator controls, and other areas of beam and accelerator research.

Northern Illinois University:
The Accelerator and Detector Physics program uses synchrotrons to study material physics and accelerator research & development. The Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Physics (nicadD) is the accelerator and detector program at Northern Illinois University.

Old Dominion University:
The Center for Accelerator Science in the Old Dominion University Physics Department aims to meet the nation's need for scientists and engineers who will advance the next generation of accelerators and light-sources - tools that enable an ever-widening range of basic and applied research, numerous medical applications, as well as industrial and Homeland Security functions.

Stanford University:
Applied Physics, Physics and Electrical Engineering departments at Stanford University, in conjunction with SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, carry out research in many areas of accelerator physics including synchrotron radiation, free-electron lasers, advanced acceleration methods, ultrafast electron diffraction and microscope.

State University of New York Stony Brook:
The Physics Department at State University of New York, Stony Brook does research in many areas including Accelerator and Beam Physics through the Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE)

University of California Berkeley:
The Department of Physics at UC-Berkeley does research in many areas including Particle Physics

University of California Los Angeles:
The Department of Physics at UCLA does research into beam physics and accelerator technologies through the Particle Beam Physics Lab.

University of Chicago:
The Department of Physics at the University of Chicago does research in many areas including Beam Physics.