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Registration opens for second US quantum information science summer school

Applications for the U.S. Quantum Information Science Summer School are open until March 15, 2024. Credit: Laddy Fields/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Applications for the U.S. Quantum Information Science Summer School are open until March 15, 2024. Credit: Laddy Fields/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

From July 15 to 26, 2024, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will host the second U.S. Quantum Information Science, or QIS, Summer School.

Organized by the Quantum Science Center, or QSC, headquartered at ORNL and the Quantum Systems Accelerator, or QSA, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this joint event is the culmination of combined efforts by the five DOE National QIS Research Centers, or NQISRCs: the QSC, QSA, Q-NEXT, the Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage and the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center. 

Junior and senior undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral and early career researchers from across the nation are invited to apply for this immersive, in-person educational program. Registration is open until March 15. Both members and nonmembers of the NQISRCs will be considered, and the two-part application process will require candidates to submit an updated CV, a transcript and two reference letters. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 14. 

Participants who are selected will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a laboratory setting, complete with access to world-leading science facilities. Curriculum topics will include topological approaches to quantum computing; cold atoms and ion traps; error mitigation and error correction; plus the current state of the field and applications of quantum technologies, quantum materials, quantum computing and quantum sensing. The curriculum will be taught at a graduate level. 

During the welcome event, keynote lecture and other sessions, leading experts in the field of QIS will provide insights concerning the research challenges of the future. The sessions will also showcase various professional development paths for the next generation of researchers to expand their expertise and encourage innovative solutions to these challenges. 

Participants will check into their lodging for the duration of the summer school at the nearby University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on July 14, then travel by bus to ORNL for orientation and training on July 15. Buses will transport students between the two campuses each day.

“This workshop is a critical part of our national efforts to prepare the next-generation workforce in quantum science and technology, and we welcome all eligible students to submit their applications,” said QSC Director Travis Humble. 

To learn more and apply, visit the U.S. QIS Summer School webpage

The QSC, a DOE National Quantum Information Science Research Center led by ORNL, performs cutting-edge research at national laboratories, universities, and industry partners to overcome key roadblocks in quantum state resilience, controllability, and ultimately the scalability of quantum technologies. QSC researchers are designing materials that enable topological quantum computing; implementing new quantum sensors to characterize topological states and detect dark matter; and designing quantum algorithms and simulations to provide a greater understanding of quantum materials, chemistry, and quantum field theories. These innovations enable the QSC to accelerate information processing, explore the previously unmeasurable, and better predict quantum performance across technologies. For more information, visit

UT-Battelle manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory for DOE’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit— Elizabeth Rosenthal