Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Involvement in world-class research

Experience that supports your education and career goals

Involvement in world-class research

Experience that supports your education and career goals

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:

Every year PLS is involved in the National Nuclear Physics Summer School (NNPSS) . During June 2015 we hosted the NNPSS at Lake Tahoe, California:

Other opportunities for student research support at LLNL can be found on the LLNL Scholars  page.

Photo of Drake Brewster (right).

NPS students work with Lab researchers 

U.S. Army Capt. Drake Brewster sees his academic studies and Lab research of today preparing him for his career of tomorrow.

A seven-year Army officer who is pursuing a career as a nuclear counterproliferation officer, Brewster is studying for his master's degree in physics from the Monterey, California-based Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

As part of his studies, Brewster is conducting research with Lab nuclear engineer Brett Isselhardt and his team to advance the technology of LLNL's Resonance Ionization Mass Spectrometry (RIMS) system.

Like another current NPS student, Lt. Steven Hutchinson of the U.S. Navy, and two NPS students from last year, Brewster is writing his master's thesis based on the research and studies undertaken using RIMS.

"This is osmosis," Brewster said, reflecting on his time working with LLNL scientists. "There is so much science in that laboratory; if you spend a couple of hours there, you're going to learn something valuable."