Education and Outreach


NSF’s ChemMatCARS is a national facility for chemistry and materials research. We welcome students at all levels – high school, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate – into our laboratories, providing them the opportunity to learn about x-ray science and instrumentation, and participate in hands-on experiments.

Faculty and Student Team Research Award at ChemMatCARS (FaSTRAC)

“NSF’s ChemMatCARS ( at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is sponsoring summer research experiences for faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNHSIs) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The purpose of our program is to provide MSI faculty members and their research students with hands-on experience and one-on-one training, thereby increasing their use of NSF’s ChemMatCARS facility and establishing long-term collaborations between scientists in MSIs and NSF’s ChemMatCARS.

Take a look at the previous FaSTRAC recipients

Call for Proposal for 2019-FaSTRAC

Interested faculty should submit a proposal. Please contact NSF’s ChemMatCARS staff for deadlines. Selected faculty and undergraduate or graduate student teams will perform research and work with NSF’s ChemMatCARS research staff for a period of up to 6 weeks.

Click here for 2019 proposal and info

Graduate Student Research Award at ChemMatCARS (GSRAC)

The annual Graduate Student Research Award at ChemMatCARS (GSRAC) program supports two graduate students to carry out their research and participate in other beamline activities at NSF’s ChemMatCARS over an extended period of 4–6 weeks during the summer. This program allows students to pursue their PhD research and deepen their understanding of the sophisticated synchrotron x-ray techniques and capabilities at NSF’s ChemMatCARS and the Advanced Photon Source. Preference is given to women and members of under-represented groups (URG), but all are encouraged to apply.

Take a look at the previous GSRAC recipients


Nearly 250 people visit our facility annually.

  • To request an individual tour, contact the NSF’s ChemMatCARS Outreach Coordinator (
  • To request a group tour, contact Argonne National Laboratory’s Division of Educational Programs (

Workshops and Courses

We host, organize, and provide major participation in professional-level workshops. Recently, these have included the following:

  • School for Synchrotron Crystallography, organized/hosted by ChemMatCARS, 2014.
  • Harvard University Advanced Crystallography Class at ChemMatCARS, annually, 2014-2017.
  • Truman State University Advanced Crystallography Class at ChemMatCARS, 2016-2017.
  • School on Liquid Surface Scattering: Data Analysis, organized/hosted by ChemMatCARS, 2016.
  • Liquid Surface Workshop, co-organized by ChemMatCARS and the APS Users Meeting, 2014.
  • Liquid Surface Scattering hands-on experiments at ChemMatCARS for the APS X-ray and Neutron School, annually, 2014-2019.
  • APS Special Interest group on Soft Matter, seminar series organized and hosted monthly by ChemMatCARS, 2014-2019.

Staff Presentations

NSF’s ChemMatCARS staff members have been actively involved in events promoting scientific careers, synchrotron x-ray research, and student involvement in science. These include more than fifty staff presentations to groups of students, as well as participation as judges and advisors in student competitions. NSF’s ChemMatCARS staff members are available for presentations. Please contact staff members for more information.