Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



The Physical and Life Sciences Directorate offers a broad range of educational opportunities to train the next generation of scientists to conduct innovative basic science research to meet important national needs.

Our signature summer programs include:

  • Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute: Graduate students gain experience in the development and application of methods in computational materials science, computational chemistry, and other related areas of computational science.
  • Data Science Summer Institute: Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students pursuing degrees in machine learning, statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, or similar fields spend 12 weeks working with mentors on data science problems that matter to the nation.
  • Livermore Graduate Scholar Program: Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis.
  • Materials and Chemistry Institute (MaCI) Summer Program: Undergraduate and graduate students spend 10–12 weeks gaining hands-on experience in materials synthesis, materials characterization, materials processing, analytical chemistry, actinide materials science, optical materials science, electrochemistry, materials chemistry, and physics.
  • Nuclear Forensics Summer Institute: Graduate students work directly with leading LLNL researchers for 8 weeks on projects in the areas of nuclear forensics, nuclear chemistry, and environmental radiochemistry.

Other opportunities for student research support at LLNL can be found on the LLNL Students site.

Go-getter undergrad lands second-author credential for “hydrogen-getters” research

Elizabeth Sangalang, a graduating senior studying biochemistry at California State University East Bay, has landed a second-author credential through the research she completed as a summer intern at LLNL.