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Call for 2020 Summer Students

The Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS) is now accepting requests for co-sponsorship of students for the 2020 student summer program. This call closes February 2, 2020.

The CNLS is requesting applications for financial co-sponsorship of talented graduate and undergraduate students to conduct research in the Center’s focus areas. The students will be mentored and co-sponsored by LANL staff scientists and would preferably sit at the Center. The number of selected students will be determined in accordance with budgetary and space limitations. Please note that CNLS is unable co-share costs with universities, regardless of our funding participation. Selected students and mentors will be notified promptly after the application deadline.

The CNLS Summer Student Program (SSP) is part of the LANL Summer Student Program. Most CNLS summer students are hired as employees through the LANL SSP process. The student visitor status will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All hiring requests must be reviewed and approved by the Laboratory administration.

The CNLS Student Program

The CNLS summer students are typically in the Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) category, although CNLS has awarded Undergraduate Research Student (UGS) and High School positions in the past as well. The summer program appointments are for a maximum of 13 weeks. The appointments usually start in the months of May and June and end in the months of July through September.

CNLS Recommendations and Visitor Issues

The mentoring of students can be a highly rewarding experience and CNLS offers a unique environment to provide students with what may be their first research experience.  Mentors will work closely with the students and construct a realistic research plan (even if that plan may require adjustment later on). We encourage students to sit at CNLS so they can contribute to and benefit from the CNLS environment and collaborative opportunities. We recommend that the student be an employee of the group in which they sit. If students are located in the CNLS (Bldg. 1690) we would like them to be employees of CNLS. If the student is a Foreign National, and if, especially, the student is a citizen of a sensitive country, time has to be given for the processing of the paperwork, in particular the DOE Request (FVTS). Foreign national student visitors must have a visa and employment authorization from the organization sponsoring their visa, usually in their US university. Please keep in mind that LANL cannot sponsor a student visa.

How to Apply

To submit a package for consideration, please fill out the Student Request Form. Please, submit: 
1) A recommendation letter written by you,
2) The student's CV,
3) A one-page research proposal,
4) If requesting funding from CNLS, please specify in the comments section how much you can provide and how much CNLS support you require.

Further Resources

We recommend that prospective student mentors visit the following CNLS webpage, which has more information on the CNLS student program.

For procedural questions, please contact  For specific questions on the selection mechanism, please contact Angel E. Garcia (CNLS Center Director or Enrique Batista (CNLS Deputy Director