Advanced Photon Source

An Office of Science National User Facility

2017 National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering

August 5-August 19, 2017


NX School Web Spallation Neutron Source

Application process is now open (click here). (Deadline April 10.)

About the School

The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities. Lectures, presented by researchers from academia, industry and national laboratories, will include basic tutorials on the principles of scattering theory and the characteristics of the sources, as well as seminars on the application of scattering methods to a variety of scientific subjects. Students will conduct short experiments at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor, which provides hands-on experience for using neutron and synchrotron sources.

The School is jointly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory's Communications, Education and Public Affairs Division; Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Biology and Soft Matter Division; Chemical and Engineering Materials Division; and Condensed Matter Division.

The School is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

Target Audience

The school accepts 60 applicants each year targeting:

  • Graduate students attending North American universities.
  • Those using experimental physical analysis techniques in their research (typically getting a degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, geosciences, engineering or related fields.)

Most commonly priority is given to students who:

  • Are expected to use multiple neutron and x-ray experimental techniques in their graduate research (ideally both x-rays and neutrons)
  • Already started have their graduate research and will utilize neutron and x-ray techniques to complete it, typically students in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate work
  • Typically only one student per department is accepted. Almost never more than one student from a single research group.
  • Students from universities in states that are underrepresented in federal research funding are encouraged to apply.
Applications (Deadline Monday, April 10, 2017)

To apply to the school each student should:

  1. Complete the application form at
  2. Have three references complete an Evaluation Form (PDF iconNXeval-2017.pdf) and e-mail it to (preferred) or mail/FAX as listed below.


  • National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering
  • Communications, Education and Public Affairs Division
  • Bldg. 360
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Argonne, Illinois 60439-4845


FAX: (630) 252-3193

Questions concerning application or other aspects of the school should be directed to or call (630) 252-4114

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