2007 Summer School on Computational Materials Science

Quantum Monte Carlo from Minerals and Materials to Molecules

Updated Friday, November 20, 2020

2007 Icon The aim of this school is to bring together scientists from the fields of geophysics, physics, chemistry, as well as materials science, to learn about QMC calculations and their applications. The school will have lectures in the morning and interactive laboratories in the afternoon.

Post-School Updates



The school will be held July 9 - 19, 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The lectures will take place in the NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana.

The level of instruction is appropriate for first-year graduate students. Participants from previous years have included advanced undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and research scientists.

Instructors and Lecturers

Lab Assistants


You may also wish to read the Frequently Asked Questions about the school for details about housing, average meal costs, and getting around town and campus.


To apply, please complete an online application.

Letter of Reference: The application asks for the name and email address of a professional reference. We will contact your reference via email, for a brief letter describing how you will benefit from attending the summer school. Without this letter, your application is not complete.

CV/Resume: The application asks for a CV, or resume. It's not necesary, but will greatly help the committee know more about your background and appropriateness for the school. We recommend that you submit one.

Early response: For full consideration, submit an application before May 10, 2007. The School Committee will review applications received by March 10, 2007, to give an early response to applicants who need travel visas to attend. Please note that the MCC cannot provide assistance in obtaining travel visas to attend the summer school.

Special lectures

Old Faithful, Cold Faithful, and Frigid Faithful: Geysers of the Solar System

Presenter: Susan Kieffer

Abstract: Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is possibly the most famous pot of boiling water in the world. We'll take a journey with an ice-insulated video camera down the throat of Old Faithful to explore this mysterious feature. Then, we'll journey out to Io, a satellite of Jupiter to see some geysers of sulfur and sulfur dioxide erupting 400 km into a near vacuum. We'll briefly stop at Triton, a satellite of Neptune, to see nitrogen geysers erupting from an icy surface that is only 38 K above absolute zero. And, we'll end exploring the controversial "Cold Faithful" and "Frigid Faithful" models for the spectacular plume that spits ice out of the south pole of Enceladus and into the E-ring of Saturn.

Poster sessions

If you are interested in giving a poster, please indicate that when submitting your application.


For accepted applicants, there will be $75 registration fee. This fee can be paid in cash or by check drawn on a U.S. bank, upon acceptance to the school.

Travel Assistance and Reimbursement

Travel expenses are not included in the $75 registration fee, however you may request financial assistance, such as reimbursement for mileage for individuals (or groups) traveling via car, or partial reimbursement for airline expenses. Domestic and foreign participants are eligible to request assistance with travel expenses. Please include a statement about your support needs when you apply. Funds are limited and will be allocated in the order the requests are received and on need.

Housing at a nearby university residence hall will be provided at no charge to non-local participants. Meals will not be provided, and are the participant's responsibility. Full travel support, including meals, will not be possible.

Very important: Depending on the type of visa participants have, the documents required for sponsored housing or travel reimbursement are different. Please note that the MCC cannot provide assistance in obtaining travel visas to attend the summer school. It is the participant's responsibility to secure a visa, and if the participant wishes to be eligible for reimbursement, to obtain the correct visa type. Please note: The National Science Foundation policies allow reimbursement for U.S. carries only. If another carrier is partner to a US carrier, (e.g. British Airways-American) the ticket MUST be for the US carrier. If travel cannot be completed on any U.S. carrier, you can be reimbursed for travel on non-U.S. airlines. (The exact NSF rules are available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02151/gpm7.jsp)


This summer school and campus map shows the location of summer school lectures/labs, dormitory housing, the engineering library, hotels, and other key engineering and science buildings.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please send email to summerschool@mcc.uiuc.edu or call the Summer School Coordinator (Amy Young) at (217) 333-0512.


David Ceperley, Burkhard Militzer, Ronald Cohen, and Jeongnim Kim.


The Summer School is held at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and is supported by NSF-EAR 05-30643, NSF-EAR 05-30282, and NSF-DMR 03-25939, and these institutions:


Q: Can you waive the registration fee for me?

A: No. The registration fees pay for things that our regular support do not cover, and cannot be reimbursed.