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CHRNS Education and Outreach

The Center for High-Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) provides a wide variety of Educational and Outreach activities catering to the needs of people throughout their scientific career from K-12 Students and their teachers to scientist facility users.

The CHRNS Summer School on Neutron Scattering, is a week long program where graduate students and junior faculty learn how to do neutron scattering experiments, from planning through data analysis, in a hands on environment.  The school alternates each summer between low-Q techniques (SANS and Neutron Reflectometry), and neutron spectroscopy methods. Operating continuously for more than 25 years this is the oldest neutron scattering school in the United States.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is an 11 week paid internship program which provides students with hands-on STEM research experience under the mentorship of an NCNR researcher.  Projects are in the areas of Materials Science (Polymers, Ceramics, Metallurgy, etc.) Condensed Matter Science, Bio Materials, Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Computational Science and related fields.

The CHRNS Outreach and Research Experience (CORE) Program is a paid Research and Engineering Internship Program for Undergraduate students with an emphasis on retaining underrepresented groups in STEM.  It is more flexible than a standard summer internship.

The Summer High School Internship Program, SHIP, is an unpaid 8 week program for Juniors and Seniors to do scientific research under the direction of NIST staff.

Additional opportunities for visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers, K-12 teachers and their students, and the public are also available. For details follow the links to the left.  Staff can report their activities with this worksheet.

For more information on any of our programs, please see contacts below: 


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CHRNS Director

Education and Outreach Director

Created September 24, 2019, Updated September 18, 2023