Pacific Northwest Summer Crystallographic Institute
The workshop will be held July 12-15, 2023.
Our 2023 summer conference has reached capacity, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in spring 2024 for next year’s activities.
The four-day Pacific Northwest Summer Crystallographic Institute aims to instruct students and their faculty research mentors (up to 20 participants) in the methods and rewards of small molecule X-ray crystallography as a tool for routine characterization. While other workshops and academic courses focus on training crystallographers, the institute is unique in having junior scholars and faculty who wish to become better informed consumers of crystallographic data as its target audience.
The Summer Crystallographic Institute (SCI) provides a full range of practical experiences from crystal growth to the preparation of data for publication. A newly installed, NSF-funded, dual microsource diffractometer will be available for data collection and processing. Instructors offer advice through lectures and demonstrations from their own work. They also lead discussions, exploring ways in which crystallography can have a greater impact on instruction and research programs. The curriculum emphasizes what is needed to get the job done, what information can be obtained, how to know what is reliable and what is not, and how to get data ready for publications or presentations. All participants are involved with the crystallographic process from start to finish.
- Kraig Wheeler, Whitworth University (email@example.com)
- Trisha Russell, Whitworth University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jamie Manson, Eastern Washington University (email@example.com)
The SCI is open to undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. The primary intent of the SCI is to increase research and instructional capacity in the structural sciences at primarily undergraduate institutions; however, if space permits, this conference will also be available to institutions with masters and Ph.D. programs.
Applications will be made available online. The organizers anticipate that interest will exceed the 20 openings, so please apply early. A selection criteria will be used to ensure a diversity of backgrounds and interests of participants.
Location & Fees
All instruction, events, meals and lodging will be located on the campus of Whitworth University, located in Spokane. Nestled in the eastern part of Washington, Spokane is known as a favorite regional hangout with ample outdoor recreation, beautiful scenery and a moderate climate.
There are no registration fees and minimal on-campus housing costs ($30-40 per person/night) associated with this workshop. A portion of the meals will be provided by the SCI. Many participants may expect that a substantial part of their travel and room and board will be provided by the SCI and from NSF and corporate sponsors. Please contact the organizers directly about participant scholarships.
The SCI event is graciously supported by The ACS Inland Northwest Section, The American Crystallographic Association, Bruker AXS, MiTeGen, Oxford Cryosystems and Whitworth University.