U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Preliminary Program Information:
June 12-23, 2017 USPAS Session hosted by Northern Illinois University and held in Lisle, Illinois, USA

One course will be held on the Fermilab campus but the majority of the courses, all of the meals, sleeping rooms, the Computer Lab and Study Room will all be held at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel in Lisle, Illinois (3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL 60532). The Sheraton Lisle Hotel is somewhat isolated so having a car would be convenient. Breakfasts and dinners are included in your Registration Fee. Attendees may purchase lunch in the hotel restaurant and there is also a restaurant next door.

Classes ending on Friday, June 16 or Friday, June 23 will finish at 12:00 (noon). When booking return air tickets students should allow time for their class to end at noon plus transportation time to the airport before selecting their flight time home.

Registration Fee

The Registration Fee is $1,700.00 if your Application Form is received before March 15, 2017; after March 15 the fee increases to $1,800.00. The $1,700/$1,800 registration fee includes 12 breakfasts and 12 dinners. The Registration Fee for attending only 1 one-week class is $1,200.00 and includes 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners.

Scholarships

Scholarship funds have been reduced substantially so financial assistance awards are more competitive than ever. To be considered for financial support you must submit four documents: an application form; a cover letter explaining why the USPAS is important to your career and describing prior research experience, work with or as a user of particle accelerators; your CV; at least one letter of recommendation. USPAS scholarships are awarded without regard to race, gender or national origin. Consideration will be given to balancing class sizes.

Note: International students requesting a scholarship who are NOT from U.S. visa-waiver countries must already be in possession of a visa that is valid for the entire period of the USPAS session. A copy of your visa must be faxed (630-840-8500) to the USPAS before the March 15 deadline date.

If you are AUDITING your course

If you are auditing your course(s), you will not enroll at Northern Illinois University and will not earn a grade. You are not required to complete homework assignments nor take any exams.

If you are taking your course for CREDIT

If you are taking your course(s) for credit, you will enroll at Northern Illinois University through the USPAS and will fully participate in class. Students enrolled for credit are expected to complete homework, take all exams and participate fully in class. If you successfully pass your class(es) you will earn 3.0 credits from Northern Illinois University.

International participants

This USPAS program is open to participation by both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. The program is an intense learning experience sponsored by Northern Illinois University from June 12-23, 2017 only. Because this program is not a course of full-time study, an F visa (student visa) is not appropriate. We believe a B visa (visitor/business visa) or Visa Waiver is appropriate. International participants not currently residing in the U.S. may attend the program and may request financial sponsorship, but they may not earn credit from NIU. International participants receiving financial support from the USPAS must participate fully in all aspects of their session and will receive a letter confirming their attendance and rating their performance. Failure to turn in assignments or take exams could jeopardize financial support awarded by the USPAS.

Note: International students requesting a scholarship who are NOT from U.S. visa-waiver countries must already be in possession of a visa that is valid for the entire period of the USPAS session. A copy of your visa must be faxed to the USPAS at (630-840-8500) before the March 15 deadline date.

Housing

By reserving your hotel room via the link we will provide to you, you may take advantage of the special reduced hotel room rate and extras (free wifi access in your sleeping room and free parking) at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel in Lisle, Illinois. Single hotel rooms will be available $112.00 plus tax (currently 11%) per night and a double room (shared by 2 people) will be $56.00 plus tax (currently 11%) per person per night. Rooms may be reserved at our rate 3 days before and after the School dates, based on hotel availability.

The Sheraton Lisle Hotel is somewhat isolated so having a car would be convenient. The hotel has a shuttle van that will take you within 5 miles of the hotel free of charge. Within that 5 miles is a train station where you can board a train to downtown Chicago for about $3.00.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in your USPAS Registration Fee. Dinners will be provided from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. beginning Sunday, June 11 through Thursday, June 22 (including the weekend, i.e. 12 dinners). Breakfasts will be provided from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. beginning Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 23 (including the weekend, i.e. 12 breakfasts). Meal tickets for accompanying persons must be purchased separately from the USPAS Office. Participants are free to make their own lunch arrangements.

Airport and Ground Transportation

There are two airports from which to choose:

1) Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) is 24 miles from the hotel. Typical one-way taxi cost (the hotel recommends American Taxi) is approximately $36.00 each way and will take about 40 minutes.

2) Chicago Midway International (MDW) is 30 miles from the hotel. Typical one-way taxi cost (the hotel recommends American Taxi) is approximately $36.00 each way and will take about 45 or 50 minutes.