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Dynamic Compression Summer School

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Academic Level:
For most summer research programs, this is your upcoming status as of the fall. Always check with the individual program's website for details.

Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Dynamic compression experiments subject materials to unique thermodynamic conditions - very large compressions, high temperatures, and large deformations - on short time scales resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes. Understanding the material response at these extreme conditions is of central importance to fundamental science and spans the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Geo/Planetary Sciences, and Solid Mechanics.

Research activities related to the dynamic compression of materials are extremely diverse and challenging. The Shock Wave Academic Partnership aims to strengthen ongoing efforts to enhance the long-term intellectual vitality of this field, which is uniquely suited for studying material response under extreme conditions.

The Dynamic Compression Summer School provides an overview of dynamic compression science appropriate for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students. The four and a half days of activities will introduce students to the scientific fundamentals, contemporary research activities including informal discussions, and career opportunities within this exciting field.

Location: Dynamic Compression Sector, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory


-Introduction to dynamic compression science and the fundamentals of matter at high pressure.

-Explore opportunities available in dynamic compression science within the Shock Wave Academic Partnership.

-Receive an overview of career opportunities in dynamic compression science by speakers from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories.

-Experience hands-on learning and discover the applications of dynamic compression to address scientific problems across multiple disciplines.

-Tour the state-of-the-art facilities at the Dynamic Compression Sector, the Advanced Photon Source, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Enrollment and Support Details: Enrollment is limited to 25 students. - Lodging and meals provided.- Travel support up to $500.

COVID-19: We are planning for a robust, in-person summer school. All local COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed, and are subject to change based on updated guidance.

Application Deadline: 5/15/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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Washington State University (Lead)
California Institute of Technology
Princeton University

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Geological Sciences
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Applied Physics
Chemical Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Materials Lifetime Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Planetary Science
X-ray Science

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This program is funded by:
U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)

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