General Lab Information


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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is hosting an educator training from July 1–3, 2024, for the Student Partnerships for Advanced Research and Knowledge (SPARK) high school research program. The training is centered on applications of the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) and the development of student research projects. There is no cost to participate in the workshop.To participate in the workshop, the school district must have a signed non-proprietary user agreement with BNL. Many school districts have user agreements in place; a sample user agreement is available for those who do not.

To be considered, please complete this online registration. There is no charge to participate in the workshop.

Training Details

  • Title: SPARK Educator Training Workshop
  • Dates: July 1–3, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM (Wednesday, July 3 ends at noon)
  • Fee: None
  • Audience: High School teachers with a passion for research, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, and physics.
  • Host: Brookhaven Lab Office of Educational Programs

Agenda Overview

At Brookhaven Lab's NSLS-II, light allows us to explore the fascinating world of atoms, molecules, and cells. During this workshop, educators will participate in hands-on laboratory activities including sample preparation, data collection, and data analysis methods in the areas of protein crystallography, X-ray imaging, and X-ray powder diffraction. Attendees will also hear presentations from NSLS-II scientists and current SPARK program mentors/participants, plus, be introduced to the process of becoming a user and submitting user proposals. By the end of this workshop, participating educators will be able to lead their students to conduct experiments at the NSLS-II alongside SPARK leads and NSLS-II staff.


Important Dates

May 24, 2024 Teacher registration closes
May 30, 2024 Notification of Selection

Training Information

Note: This event falls under Exemption D (Formal classroom training held at Federal facilities, which does not exhibit indicia of a formal conference as outlined in the Conference/Event Exemption Request Form.) Participation is contingent on application acceptance.