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

Winter 2022 Application Form


Due to travel restrictions and increased pandemic risks, we are moving our school online again. To accommodate the constraints of online learning, we are shortening the lecture hours per day to about half and doubling the number of days of our usual sessions. Full courses that were 2-weeks in duration at in-person sessions are now 4-weeks. Half courses that were 1-week in duration at in-person sessions 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.

Full details and course syllabi are available at https://uspas.fnal.gov/programs/2022/onlinetamu/

Sponsor:
Texas A&M University, Public Partnership & Outreach Unit

Held ONLINE

Course Dates:

Four-week full courses: January 24 - February 18, 2022
Two-week half courses: January 24 - February 4 and February 7 - 18, 2022

Deadline Dates:

Scholarship request applications and supporting documents: October 20, 2021
Non-scholarship applications (no supporting documents required): October 20, 2021

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Personal Info
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The USPAS collects data on race/ethnic identity and gender identity to track school diversity. Disclosure is voluntary and is kept confidential. Please select what best describes you.

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Background
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  •   : I am currently enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student. If your answer is yes, please tell us at which university you are enrolled*
  •   : I have previously attended the USPAS*
  •   : I am a graduate student enrolled in one of the DOE Accelerator Science & Engineering Traineeships*
    1) Michigan State University’s Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship (ASET);
    2) Stony Brook University/Cornell University’s Ernest Courant Traineeship in Accelerator Science & Engineering;
    3) Illinois Institute of Technology/Northern Illinois University’s Chicagoland Accelerator Science Traineeship (CAST)
    4) Old Dominion University/Norfolk State University/Hampton University Traineeship

Course Selection

  • Please choose from the following:*

    One 4-week full course. (Students successfully completing a full course will earn 10 hours of Continuing Education Credit from Texas A&M University).

    Full Courses January 24 - February 18, 2022

    Fundamentals of Accel Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab (UG level) This class is full
    Accelerator Physics

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  • Two successive two-week half courses. (Students successfully completing two half courses will earn 10 hours of Continuing Education Credit from Texas A&M University.)

    Half courses January 24 - February 4, 2022

    EPICS Control Systems This class is full
    Colliders for High Energy and Nuclear Physics
    Accelerator Power Electronics Engineering
    Optimization and Machine Learning for Accelerators This class is full

    Half courses February 7 - 18, 2022

    Beam Measurements and Diagnostics on an Electron Storage Ring
    Collider Interaction Regions for High Energy and Nuclear Physics Applications
    Pulsed Power Engineering
    MATLAB and Python for Beam and Accelerator Physics This class is full

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  • A single two-week half course only (Students successfully completing one half course will earn 5 hours of Continuing Education Credit from Texas A&M University.)

    Half courses January 24 - February 4, 2022

    EPICS Control Systems This class is full
    Colliders for High Energy and Nuclear Physics
    Accelerator Power Electronics Engineering
    Optimization and Machine Learning for Accelerators This class is full


    Half courses February 7 - 18, 2022

    Beam Measurements and Diagnostics on an Electron Storage Ring
    Collider Interaction Regions for High Energy and Nuclear Physics Applications
    Pulsed Power Engineering
    MATLAB and Python for Beam and Accelerator Physics This class is full

Credit / Audit Status

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 are available via Special Topics courses. Auditors will be admitted on a space-available basis only after those seeking credit / a grade. We anticipate videos of most 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.

International participants not currently residing in the U.S. may participate but they cannot earn credit from Texas A&M University. They may ask that their performance be graded and when the session is over the USPAS will provide a letter confirming participation and grade.

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Scholarships

University and college students and postdocs within 5 years of graduation may request financial support. To be considered you must submit 3 supporting documents: 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. If you submitted these documents for the winter or summer 2021 online sessions you do not need to resubmit them for this application. We retain supporting documents for one year.

Students receiving scholarship support are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the course and must take their course(s) for a grade. Scholarships are open to both U.S. and non-U.S. residents. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin. Consideration will be given to balancing class sizes.

Registration fee scholarship requested


Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship

The Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship supports the increased participation of identities (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx and Indigenous) that are historically underrepresented in the study and workforce of Accelerator Science and Engineering (AS&E). Eligible scholarship recipients are actively-enrolled Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) students historically underrepresented in AS&E. In addition to covering items included in our full financial aid package (registration fee, breakfast & dinner, shared housing, textbooks & course materials, host university course fees) as with our regular scholarships, when we return to in-person sessions the Mtingwa scholarship will also cover per-diem lunch and most travel expenses to and from the USPAS session. For the online session, it will include two additional in-field textbooks of the recipients' choice. Interested students must submit the same supporting documents as listed above (CV/resume, one letter of recommendation, cover letter). More information on the Mtingwa Scholarships can be found at https://uspas.fnal.gov/about/about-mtingwa-scholarship.shtml

Mtingwa scholarship requested
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. 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 provide documentation to support student petitions.

The registration fee for a full 4-week course or two two-week half courses is $500.00. The fee for attending one two-week half course is $350.00. We will send attendees detailed instructions on how and when to pay their registration fee after they are accepted to attend.

Deadline for scholarship applications & supporting documents: October 20, 2021. Please email your supporting documents to uspas@fnal.gov

Deadline for non-scholarship applications: October 20, 2021. Supporting documents not required.