Newswise — LOS ALAMOS, N.M., March 17, 2021–New Mexico students are encouraged to apply for the free, two-week, virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, taught primarily by women scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Campers will receive materials for conducting hands-on experiments at home, as well as a stipend upon completion. With strong engineering and coding components, this year’s camp will teach students the skills to build and program their own robots, or to design and build their own solar-powered model homes. Approximately 35 campers will be selected for the 2021 camp, which takes place June 7–18, 2021; application deadline is April 9, 2021. 

Last year, campers were from Acalde, Chimayó, Espanola, Los Alamos, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, and White Rock. The 2021 virtual format will allow campers to attend from more communities in the state. Presenters include approximately 80 scientists, engineers, and other professionals from Los Alamos National Laboratory, 75 percent of whom are female.

Eligibility requirements:

• Young women attending New Mexico schools

• Completion of Algebra 1 or higher-level math class. Note: Acceptance is not based on GPA.

• Apply here: sessions also cover professional-development skills such as resumes, interviews, college opportunities in New Mexico, the importance of professional societies, and internships and careers at the Laboratory. 

For more information: [email protected] or contact Josefina Salazar (505) 695-4030. 

About Los Alamos National Laboratory (
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.