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Kraig Wheeler
Hugh W. Johnston Professor of Chemistry
kraigwheeler@whitworth.edu
509.777.3643

Trisha Russell
Associate Professor, Chemistry
trisharussell@whitworth.edu
509.777.3461

Pacific Northwest Summer Crystallographic Institute

The workshop will be held July 17-20, 2024. 

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We have reached capacity for the 2024 workshop and are no longer taking applications. Please check back in spring 2025 for the next PNW crystallography workshop here at Whitworth.

Mission

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.

What to Expect

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.

In addition to learning and experiencing the crystallographic process, this SCI also provides opportunities for networking with instructors and participants. Several breakfasts and lunches are also provided.

Organizers

Eligibility

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 master's 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.

Registration fees are $27, and on-campus housing options will be available at minimal cost. A portion of the meals will be provided by the SCI. Travel awards are available to help defray the participant costs via request from the organizers.

Acknowledgments

The SCI event is graciously supported by The ACS Inland Northwest Section, The American Crystallographic Association, Bruker AXS, MiTeGen, NSF and Whitworth University.

ACA The Structural Science Society, Bruker, NSF, MiteGen, Whitworth University

Contact Information

Kraig Wheeler
Hugh W. Johnston Professor of Chemistry
kraigwheeler@whitworth.edu
509.777.3643

Trisha Russell
Associate Professor, Chemistry
trisharussell@whitworth.edu
509.777.3461