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:

  • Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division Student Research Opportunities: Undergraduate and graduate students engage in practical research experience to further their educational goals through a wide range of geoscience and atmospheric science projects.
  • 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.

Sydney Barber

Former LLNL intern makes history when she is named first Black woman to lead brigade at Naval Academy

Sydney Barber will become brigade commander next semester, the highest leadership position in the brigade, making her the first Black woman to be named in the role.

Alison Saunders and doctoral fellow Marco Echeverria meet online

Doctoral fellow improves codes used to simulate interactions between particles moving at high velocities

Doctoral student Marco Echeverria spent his second summer conducting research for LLNL, but this year his summer experience is taking place at a distance.