U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

Online Winter 2021 USPAS Session

Please note that to accommodate the constraints of online learning, we are shortening the lecture hours per day (about half) and extending the number of days of our usual sessions. Courses that were previously 2-weeks in duration are now 4-weeks. Courses that previously were 1-week in duration are now 2-weeks. Courses will be conducted via Zoom videoconference software. Students should expect lectures from 10:00 am to noon (CST) and again from 2:00 - 3:00 pm (CST) each afternoon. Afternoon sessions may be extended at the discretion of the instructors. Instructors will schedule evening homework sessions with teaching assistant and grader help available to students. Specific class schedules and further details will be provided in your student enrollment package.

For the Winter Session 2021, USPAS is working in partnership with the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University to offer accredited continuing education credits though their Public Partnership & Outreach unit. Public Partnership & Outreach has achieved accreditation by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET), which allows this sessions’ courses to be eligible for multiple uses of the certification by those who successfully complete the courses, within governmental entities, industry or to in support of your academic pursuits.

Class sizes are limited. Priority will be given to those who enroll for credit either via our academic host Texas A&M University, or through their home university if USPAS courses are directly co-listed (i.e. Indiana University, MIT, MSU) or available via Special Topics courses (i.e. NIU, Stony Brook University, etc).

Due to limited class space this means there will be little chance of admission for those who enroll as auditors. We anticipate videos of courses will be posted and those wishing to informally audit can do so after the session. Those unable to enroll for credit (including international students not currently enrolled in a U.S. university) will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Due to class size limits, all applicants must submit 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/resume; one letter of recommendation.

The deadline for applications and supporting documents is October 19, 2020. Please email your documents to uspas@fnal.gov

Texas A&M University, Public Partnership & Outreach will certify and award accredited Continuing Education Credits for these courses and send each student a "Learner Record" signifying successful completion. The USPAS will send each student a participation letter with grade(s) earned after the session is over. It is up to your home university to decide if the credit can be transferred. In the event of disputes on credit transfer, the USPAS will make every effort to provide documentation to support student petitions.

The Registration Fee for a full 4-week course or two 2-week half courses is $500.00. The fee for attending one 2-week half course is $350.00. University and college students may request a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Consideration will be given to balancing class sizes.
Texas A&M University
Location & Dates:
January 25 - February 19, 2021


Courses run in parallel so students may take one 4-week full course OR two 2-week half courses. Each 4-week full course is eligible for 10 hours of Continuing Education Credit from Texas A&M University.

January 25 - February 19, 2021

Students successfully completing two 2-week half courses will earn 10 hours of Continuing Education Credit from Texas A&M University. Students may earn 5 hours of Continuing Education Credit for taking only one two-week half course.

January 25 - February 5, 2021

February 8 - 19, 2021