Undergraduate Research

Dynamic Compression Summer School (DCSS)

July 30 – August 4, 2023
Understanding Materials at Extreme Conditions

The Dynamic Compression Summer School has been established to provide an overview of dynamic compression science appropriate for upper-level undergraduates and first-year graduate students. The four and a half days of activities will introduce students to the scientific fundamentals, contemporary research activities including informal discussions, and career opportunities within this exciting field.

The program includes an introduction to the many opportunities related to the study of material response under extreme conditions.

The summer school aims to strengthen ongoing interest and to enhance the long-term intellectual vitality of dynamic compression research. We encourage exceptional applicants with a desire to pursue a career or advanced degree, and who would contribute to the development, implementation and deployment of such technologies in practice.

The Dynamic Compression Summer School is sponsored by the Shock Wave Academic Partnership (SWAP):

To read more about the Shock Wave Academic Partnership, click here.

What is Dynamic Compression Science?

Dynamic compression experiments subject materials to unique thermodynamic conditions – very large compressions, high temperatures, and large deformations – on short time scales resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes. Understanding the material response at these extreme conditions is of central importance to fundamental science and spans the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Geo/Planetary Sciences, and Solid Mechanics.

Enrollment and Support Details

Enrollment is limited to 25 students.  Program support includes lodging, meals, and a stipend up to $500 for transportation costs.

Eligibility and Application Details

To learn about eligibility and application details, click here.


We are planning for a robust, in-person summer school.  All local COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed, and are subject to change based on updated guidance. 

Location: Dynamic Compression Sector,
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL