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Applications Due March 15, 2022, for National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

Graduate students are invited to submit their applications to the 24th annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering (NXS) by March 15, 2022. NXS educates graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities, including those at U.S. Department of Energy user facilities.

The school runs from July 10-22, 2022. Lectures presented by researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories include basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. Students will conduct short experiments and experimental tutorials at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to obtain experience using neutron and synchrotron sources.

  • Target audience: Graduate students attending universities in North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico) majoring in physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences, engineering or related fields.
  • Location: Current plans are to host NXS in person at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. However, these plans are contingent on federal and local COVID-19 controls and guidance in place on the date of the event. If the event is unable to take place in person, programming will shift to a virtual format.
  • Where to apply: Complete and submit your application through the website at
  • For questions and additional information: contact Karolina Michalska (
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NXS is jointly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory’s Educational Programs and Outreach Division; Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Neutron Scattering and Materials Science and Technology Divisions. NXS is supported by the Materials Sciences and Engineering Division within the Basic Energy Sciences program of the U. S. Department of Energy Office of Science.