The field of theoretical and computational chemistry has traditionally been a key component within physical chemistry and chemical physics. More recently, theoretical chemistry has begun to assume important roles in biological chemistry and materials science as well. Most experimental scientists working in these disciplines have not had the background necessary to gain a working knowledge of theory as it is used in their research disciplines. Because many of them want to make use of theory to interpret their data and to guide their research, they constitute one component of the student body for the proposed schools. In addition, many faculty members who teach undergraduate chemistry, biology, and materials science classes want to incorporate computer modeling into the classroom. The schools would offer them an efficient route for learning the theoretical and computational background needed to do so. Most importantly, the Ph. D. and postdoctoral students entering theoretical and computational chemistry can also benefit. Most of these young peoples' doctoral and postdoctoral work has focused on only a sub-set of theorys main areas (electronic structure, dynamics, statistical mechanics, molecular modeling). Especially if they pursue an academic career, they will be expected to teach classes in a wider range of theoretical topics. Moreover, their research careers are likely to evolve in directions that will require them to become proficient in areas other than where their doctoral and postdoctoral work focused. These schools offer them an excellent chance to broaden their knowledge and skill sets at an early career stage.
Each TSTC school will involve approximately six to eight hours of lectures on electronic structure theory, dynamics, and statistical mechanics as well as one topical subject that will change from school to school. Poster sessions for participants to describe their interests, outdoor recreation, and problem solving sessions will also be held.
STUDENT APPLICATION HERE: http://www.telluridescience.org/for-scientists/for-participants/summer-schools
Electronic structure -- Prof. Troy Van Voorhis (MIT)
Statistical mechanics -- Prof. Phillip Geissler (UC Berkeley)
Chemical Dynamics -- Prof. Tom Miller (Caltech)
Biophysics -- Prof. Joan-Emma Shea (UC Santa Barbara)
If you are interested in attending a meeting, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer about availability before registering. Most TSRC meetings are very small, typically only about 25 people.
Archived Presentations, problem sets, reading material, and general information can be found at
Telluride Elementary School
447 West Columbia Ave Telluride CO 81435
|Geissler, Phillip L.||University of California, Berkeley|
|Metiu, Horia||Univ. Calif. Santa Barbara|