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 Call for CNLS 2022 Summer Student Program is now CLOSED

The Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS) is now accepting requests for co-sponsorship of students for the 2022 student summer program. This call closes on Monday, February 1, 2022. Selections will be announced by Friday, Feb 11, 2022.

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.

If COVID restrictions are in place, this year’s program will be conducted remotely. Students will work from home or their home institutions. All accepted students must be in the USA for the duration of the program. Mentors must be committed and have a plan for how to mentor students in this remote mode.

If COVID restrictions for on-site work are not in place, the student program will be hosted on-site. CNLS will sit a maximum of 10 students in our building. Other students will be housed by the mentor’s group or division.

The number of selected students will be determined in accordance with budgetary limitations. We anticipate accepting 20 students. 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 mostly 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 might 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). We recommend that the student be an employee of the group in which the host works. If the student is a Foreign National and if, especially, the student is a citizen of a sensitive country, sufficient time has to be given for the processing of the paperwork, in particular the DOE Request (FVTS). Foreign national student visitors must have a valid 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 in the CNLS website. Please, submit:   1) A recommendation letter written by you (the mentor) 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 are requesting.  We recommend a 50:50 cost share plan. Exceptions will be considered, subject to funding availability.

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 the CNLS Center Director or Enrique Batista, CNLS Deputy Director (