“The NCNR is a national center for research, that uses neutrons to study a wide variety of materials and physical phenomena. To do this it creates and operates a large number of neutron instruments specifically designed for particular types of measurements. These facilities are available for scientist and engineers from industry, university and other government agencies from throughout the US as well as internationally for their research. The Center for High Resolution Neutron Scattering (CHRNS) is a national user facility jointly funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) which develops and operates several state-of-the-art instruments at the NCNR.”
The summer students had the opportunity to tour the research facility with several faculty. It was a pretty amazing opportunity to see a facility of this magnitude. If students are interested in pursuing internships at NIST, check out the NIST-Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program.