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Photon Sciences Educational Opportunities

Teachers and students are welcome to experience science first hand at NSLS and NSLS-II. We work primarily in partnership with Brookhaven Lab’s Office of Educational Programs, which coordinates programs aimed at boosting teachers’ content knowledge and improving student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These programs help motivate and prepare all students, especially minorities and females, and address the serious under representation of minorities and females in STEM careers. A diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and educators will help keep America at the forefront of innovation.


InSynC, launched in 2010, enables high school teachers and students to gain remote access to experiments with synchrotron beam time through a competitive proposal process. The program trains both teachers and students to formulate a hypothesis-driven scientific problem and learn the skills of writing a beam time proposal. InSync, which stands for Introducing Synchrotrons into the Classroom, is expected to serve about 50 teachers and close to 450 students every year.


Formed at Brookhaven in 2007, the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering, or INCREASE, aims to promote research in historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions at national user facilities — in particular, NSLS — as well as to facilitate education and research training, especially for African Americans, Hispanics, and women. Each year, NSLS hosts about 15 professors. More Information


The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities, Inc. (GEM), or GEM, is administered by Brookhaven Lab’s Diversity Office. Jointly sponsored by a consortium of university and employer members, GEM offers fellowships to under-represented minorities (Native American, African American, and Hispanic) who are pursuing degrees at the master's level in science and engineering through a program of paid summer internships. More Information

Primarily in the summertime, about 20 teachers and students work at NSLS and NSLS-II in several other programs: SULI, CCI, PST and FaST. See Brookhaven Lab's Office of Educational Programs for more information.

Contact: Scott Bronson, Educational Programs Administrator,