QSC’s First Quantum Summer School

Registration Now Open for Students and Postdocs

The Quantum Science Center will hold a quantum summer school, which will be hosted virtually by QSC partner Purdue University, from May 17 to 21. This event is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral associates, including those not associated with the QSC. Anyone interested in participating should fill out the registration form by Friday, May 7, and information about the virtual platform will be announced at a later date.

There will also be a Science Communication “Shark Tank” competition. QSC-affiliated students and postdocs interested in participating should fill out a separate Shark Tank registration form by Friday, April 2.

This special session gives each participant a chance to learn the skills of a master storyteller — which range from developing strong arguments to perfectly timing the delivery of information — then apply them to their research story in the form of a short and engaging presentation. The event aims to foster cross-disciplinary thinking and to integrate discoveries across various QSC projects led by peers and potential mentors. This friendly competition will be judged by a panel of “sharks” composed of QSC leaders, industry partners, and experts in the field of Quantum Information Science and Technology.

Run by professional communicators, the Shark Tank follows the curriculum from a new online, self-paced course, Engaged Science Communication, which teaches students how to identify stories and develop visual and verbal narratives designed to captivate a particular audience. The course can be previewed in a series of videos here, and registered participants will have access to a Q&A session on Monday, March 29. Competitors will also have time to prepare and practice their presentations with guidance from course facilitators before the Shark Tank begins.

This school will focus on the QSC’s three scientific thrusts. The first focus area, Quantum Materials Discovery and Development, involves understanding and developing quantum concepts such as topological electronic materials, quantum spin systems, and quantum probes. The second focus area, Quantum Algorithms and Simulation, includes designing and testing sophisticated algorithms and software tools for predictive dynamical quantum simulation and quantum sensing applications. And the third focus area, Quantum Devices and Sensors for Discovery Science, brings researchers together to answer quantum questions with new high-performance quantum devices and sensors.

Young professionals in the quantum science community who take part in the event will have the opportunity to receive training in these areas from experts affiliated with national laboratories, universities, and companies around the world.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University
  • Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University
  • Daniel Bowring, Fermilab
  • Rolando Somma, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Susanne Yelin, Harvard University/University of Connecticut
  • Chris Monroe, Duke University/IonQ
  • Mariia Mykhailova, Microsoft
  • Dana Anderson, ColdQuanta
  • Jason Alicea, California Institute of Technology
  • Shreyas Ramesh, Accenture
  • Stefan Wernli, Microsoft
  • Mathias Soeken, Microsoft
  • Travis Scholten, IBM Quantum
  • Nick Bronn, IBM Quantum
  • Blake Johnson, IBM Quantum


This announcement will be updated as more details become available. For more information, contact David Stewart (davidstewart@purdue.edu).

To request the Shark Tank registration form or learn more about this session, contact Alexander Senichev (senichev@purdue.edu). For QSC-affiliated students and postdocs only.

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