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

Online Winter 2022 USPAS Session

Session Details:
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. Lectures will start at 10:00 am CDT in a first “morning” session of approximately 2 hours, followed by a "lunch" break and an “afternoon” session. The duration and timing of these will be variable. But students should expect a 5-hour daily window starting at 10:00 am CDT to be filled by lectures, recitations, online labs, and the break. Instructors will schedule additional evening homework sessions with instructor, teaching assistant and grader help available to students. Specific class schedules and further details will be provided to enrolled students as we move forward.

Please note: the online format is intensive. Students should plan on 4+ hours per day of Zoom-based lectures, recitations, labs and homework help sessions plus additional time to study and carry out daily homework, project activities, and exams. Those planning concurrent work and study activities with the session should evaluate loads carefully.

Since most class lectures and labs as well as plenary school functions will be recorded, all participants will be asked to sign a "Consent to Be Recorded" waiver.

Class sizes are limited. Priority will be given to those who enroll for a grade / credit and auditors will be considered for admission on a space-available basis. We anticipate videos of most courses will be posted and those wishing to informally audit can do so after the session. Those unwilling or 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.

Participation is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. residents. International participants not currently residing in the U.S. may apply to attend the program and may request a scholarship but they may not 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.

University and college students and postdocs within 5 years of graduation may request a scholarship. Students receiving a scholarship are expected to take their course for a grade / credit. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin. Consideration will be given to balancing class sizes. Underrepresented minority students may also request a Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship. All scholarship requests and supporting documents must be received by October 20, 2021. Supporting documents are only required from students who request a scholarship.

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.

University Sponsor:
Texas A&M University, Public Partnership & Outreach
We are no longer accepting applications for this session  
Location & Dates:
January 24 - February 18, 2022
Deadline Dates:
Scholarship applications & supporting docs: October 20, 2021
Non-scholarship applications: October 20, 2021

Courses run in parallel so students may take one full course OR two half courses OR one half course. Students may not take all of the courses simultaneously.

Full Courses: Students successfully completing one four-week full course are eligible for 10 hours of Continuing Education Credit from Texas A&M University.

January 24 - February 18, 2022

Half Courses: Students successfully completing two two-week half courses are eligible for 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 24 - February 4, 2022

February 7 - 18, 2022

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.

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.