U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

Winter 2023 USPAS Session

University Sponsor:
Northern Illinois University
Location & Dates:
Houston, Texas
January 23 - February 3, 2023
Deadline Dates:

Scholarship applications & supporting docs: Sept 15, 2022
Non-scholarship applications: Oct 3, 2022

General Information

Courses run in parallel so students may take one 2-week full course OR two 1-week half courses. Each two-week course is eligible for 3 units of credit from Northern Illinois University.

January 23 - February 3, 2023

Students successfully completing two 1-week half courses will earn 3 units of credit from Northern Illinois University. Credit will not be awarded for taking only one 1-week half course.

January 23 - 27, 2023

January 30 - February 3, 2023

To protect the health and safety of attendees, instructors and staff, we are requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or agree to regular rapid testing. The Application Form for this session explains our policy and includes a COVID-19 Attestation.

Class sizes are limited. Priority will be given to those who enroll for a grade or for university credit. Auditors will be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Those unwilling or unable to enroll for a grade/credit (including international students not already in the U.S.) will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

We will not have a Computer Lab with shared PCs so all participants are required to bring their own portable computer to access online course notes and computer resources. This can be a laptop or a tablet with a sufficiently large screen and keyboard. Windows, Mac, and Linux-based systems that are wifi capable and have a standard web browser and mouse are all acceptable. You should have privileges for software installs. If you are unable to bring a computer, please contact uspas@fnal.gov ASAP to request a laptop loan. Very limited IT support and spare loaner laptops will be available during the session.

U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. may enroll for 3 credits from Northern Illinois University. International participants living outside the U.S. may apply to attend the program and may request financial sponsorship but they may not earn credit from Northern Illinois University. International students requesting a scholarship who are not from U.S. visa-waiver countries must already be in possession of a visa that is valid for the entire period of the USPAS session. A copy of your visa must be faxed (630-840-8500) or postal mailed to the USPAS before December 15, 2022. If you are unable to do this please contact us.

The Registration Fee is $1,500.00 if your Application Form is received before October 3, 2022; after October 3, the fee is $1,600.00. The Registration Fee is $1,000.00 for participants attending only one week of the program. Please note: you do not have to pay the Registration Fee by October 3, 2022 - you must send in an Application Form before October 3, 2022. Information on how and when to pay the Registration Fee will be sent to non-scholarship students upon acceptance into the program.

A group block of hotel sleeping rooms will be available for $122.00 plus tax (currently 17%) per night and a double room (shared by 2 people) will be $61.00 plus tax (currently 17%) per person per night. Sleeping rooms reserved via the link we email in your acceptance packet are also entitled to free in-room wifi access and free parking. Rooms may be reserved at our rate 3 days before and 3 days after the School dates based on hotel availability.


University and college students and postdocs within 5 years of graduation may request financial support. To be considered for any of these merit-based awards you must check the relevant application form boxes and submit supporting documents including: a cover letter explaining why the USPAS is important to your career and describing prior research experience, work with or as a user of particle accelerators; your CV/resume; one letter of recommendation.

If you submitted these documents for the winter or summer 2022 online sessions you do not need to resubmit them for this application. We retain supporting documents for one year.

Students receiving any scholarship are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the course and must take their course for a grade/credit. Students receiving housing support must share their hotel room with another student. Scholarships are open to both U.S. and non-U.S. residents. Consideration will be given to balancing class sizes. Multiple awards are possible.

Scholarship requests and supporting documents are due September 15, 2022. This deadline will be strictly enforced. Please email your supporting documents to uspas@fnal.gov

1. USPAS Scholarship

Covers the registration fee (includes 2 meals per day) or shared housing or both. This award does not cover travel.

2. USPAS's Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship
Covers the registration fee (includes 2 meals per day), lunch, shared housing and most travel expenses.

The Sekazi K. Mtingwa Scholarship supports the increased participation of identities (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indians and Alaskan Natives) that are historically underrepresented in the study and workforce of Accelerator Science and Engineering (AS&E). Eligible scholarship recipients are actively-enrolled Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) students historically underrepresented in AS&E. This scholarship is available to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students and covers your registration fee (includes 2 meals per day), lunches, shared housing and most travel expenses to and from the school session. More information on the Mtingwa Scholarships can be found at https://lss.fnal.gov/uspas/about/about-mtingwa-scholarship.shtml

3. APS Division of Physics of Beams Travel Awards
Covers travel to and from the session. Reimbursable for actual expenses up to a limit.

The Division of Physics of Beams of the American Physical Society is offering a limited number of travel expense scholarships to USPAS students. Applicants must be members of the APS DPB unit (student membership is free for the first year). Typical travel award amounts will be $500.00 with the possibility of larger awards for higher cost points of origin. You can enroll for DPB membership at https://www.aps.org/membership/ and more details on eligibility and the selection criteria can be found at DPB Scholarship Details.

Deadline for scholarship applications & supporting documents: September 15, 2022.
Please email your supporting documents to uspas@fnal.gov

Deadline for non-scholarship applications: October 3, 2022.