User Summer School

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.

Video by Stephen Bilenky

  • Overview

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

    The next User Summer School will take place May 15-19, 2017. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.


    The next User Summer School is scheduled for May 15-19, 2017. See Application section below to apply.

    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
    • 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: January 2017
    • Last date to apply for 2017 User Summer School: March 31, 2017
    • Acceptance notification to applicants: April 10, 2017


    The cost of summer school is $375 and includes:

    • Housing at Aloft Hotel from Sunday, May 14 to Saturday, May 20
    • 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 15. 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 Aloft Hotel

    aloft hotel snall Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
    200 North Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

    Housing will be provided for out of town students at Aloft Hotel, which is located in downtown Tallahassee.


    Students do not need to make their own reservations. The MagLab will reserve and assign rooms for students.

    Each room will have two double beds and accommodate two students.

    Check in will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 14.

    Check out is 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

    The hotel will provide a transportation to/from the MagLab for students traveling without their own transportation during their stay.

    Please visit Aloft's website for additional information on the hotel's amenities.

  • Transportation and Parking


    Students are responsible for transportation to and from Tallahassee and between the airport and the Aloft hotel. There are taxi services and Uber available in Tallahassee.

    Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel to the MagLab Monday through Friday. The hotel shuttle will depart the hotel at 7:30 a.m. each morning. The hotel shuttle will pick up at the MagLab each evening and return students to the hotel.



    Parking is available at Aloft hotel for a fee. Parking at the MagLab does not require a pass.

  • Application

    The application deadline is March 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Acceptance notifications will be sent by April 10, 2017.

    Please have your letter of reference ready to upload before filling out the application.

    Go to Application.

Last modified on 1 February 2017