User Summer School

User Summer School group. User Summer School group.

If you are an advanced graduate student, postdoctoral associate or early career investigator looking to gain practical measurement experience, the MagLab User Summer School will help you develop skills you can use in your home laboratory and in user facilities worldwide.

  • Overview

    The weeklong summer school features tutorials on measurement techniques, practical exercises and plenary talks from experts in the field of condensed matter physics.

    This experience is designed to provide a “technique toolkit” to early career scientists that includes:

    • Noise types and theory; noise suppression techniques
    • Transport techniques
    • Magnetometry: AC, torque, vibrating sample magnetometer, SQUID
    • Heat capacity measurements
    • SAVE THE DATES FOR 2015!

      The next User Summer School is scheduled for May 18-22, 2015.

    • Magneto-optics
    • Infrared and terahertz spectroscopy
    • Ultrasound spectroscopy
    • High-pressure methods
    • NMR techniques for chemistry, biology and condensed matter
    • Electron paramagnetic resonance (electron spin resonance)
    • Cryogenic techniques
    • Measurements at ultra-low temperatures
    • The nuts and bolts of data acquisition

    For more information please contact Renee Luallen.

  • Important Information

    We are accepting a maximum of 28 students for summer school.


    • Online application opens: February 2015
    • Last date to apply for 2015 User Summer School: April 20, 2015
    • Acceptance notification to applicants: April 21, 2015


    The cost of summer school is $375 and includes:

    • housing at Regans Hall on the FSU campus from Sunday, May 17 to Saturday, May 23
    • travel between the hotel and MagLab during the week
    • most meals


    Name badges will be provided when you arrive at the MagLab on Monday, May 18. You must display your name badge during the entire week to identify yourself as a Summer School participant.

    The MagLab does not allow "open-toed shoes" in lab spaces. You MUST wear close-toed shoes (no flip-flops or sandals). In addition, if you have any implants (like knee replacements or metal pins) or medical devices that you rely upon (such as pacemakers or insulin pumps), let us know as soon as possible.

  • Accommodations

    Housing at Regans Hall

    The housing will be free and available on Sunday, May 17 (during normal working hours) and end at noon on Saturday, May 23. Housing is located at 942 Learning Way in Ragans Hall (on the corner of Jefferson Street and Woodward Avenue) on the Florida State University Main Campus (see online campus map). Students will be housed in Ragans Hall building 1 but need to check into building 2, where the office is. The office building can be reached from Jefferson side or Learning Way side. Once students are at the office, the housing staff will direct them to their rooms.

    The apartments were renovated within the past few years. Each has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living area and a kitchen shared by both students. These apartments are set up to accommodate four students, but during the User Summer School only two students share one apartment, which will provide extra space. All linens are provided.

    The rooms will be available for check-in between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 and check-out takes place between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, when the correct key has been returned. When checking in and out, initial the Check-In and Check-Out Register. It is expected that students leave the room in the same condition as was provided at the check-in. If keys or access cards get lost, students have to pay for the replacement ($15 for access card and $50 for the room key). Staff personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist you if you have a problem. Quiet hours are 9:00 p.m. – 9 a.m. No smoking, alcohol or drugs are permitted.

    Students are expected to abide by the Housing Procedures and Regulations.

    FSU Housing also has Facebook and Twitter pages.


    You will receive an email with a username and password to access the wireless service FSUWIN at the Ragan’s Hall. Please review FSU’s Internet Privacy Policy and for assistance, contact the Help Desk at 850-644-HELP or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Transportation and Parking


    Students are responsible for transportation to and from Tallahassee and between the airport and summer school housing.

    Transportation will be provided to and from the dorm to the MagLab Monday through Friday. Please wait for the vans in the pull in loop on the corner of Jefferson Street and Varsity Drive at 7:45 a.m. each morning. The vans will have a placard on the dash identifying it as a MagLab User Summer School van.


    MagLab User Summer School Pickup location



    Parking is not easily available at the campus. If students have a vehicle, they should check out what is open for general parking around Ragan’s Hall during the summer semester. Usually, it is allowed to park in lots from 5pm to 8am without getting a ticket. The vehicle can also be parked at the Magnet Lab and students can ride back and forth in the van.

  • Application

    The application process for the User Summer School 2015 is now closed. Acceptance notifications will be sent on April 21, 2015.

Last modified on 20 April 2015