Since LLE’s formation in 1970, education has been one of its most important missions. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students are integrated into the ongoing research of the Laboratory. Over the years, more than 800 university students have received training at LLE with over 150 receiving Ph.D. degrees. Current graduate student research areas include: inertial confinement fusion, hydrodynamic stability, laser-plasma interaction, thermal transport in high-temperature plasmas, nonlinear optical phenomena, and picosecond phenomena in solids.
Graduates of the UR/LLE program are making significant contributions as scientists at many of the most prestigious research institutions in the country, including national laboratories, industrial laboratories, and universities.
LLE’s Summer High School Research Program actively educates and trains a limited number of local high school students entering their senior year of study. The goals of this program are to provide the students with an opportunity to experience research in science and technology in a realistic environment and to instill in the students an enthusiasm about scientific and technical careers. This program has been partially supported by the National Science Foundation.