Advanced Workshop on Theoretical Chemistry: The Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry

Telluride Science Research Center
City, State: 
Telluride, CO
Rigoberto Hernandez (Georgia Institute of Technology)


cCWCS is pleased to partner with the  Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry (TSTC) to support attendance of faculty from PUIs at thbiennial summer school program held in Telluride, Colorado and facilitated by the Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC). TSTC is the only summer school in the country focusing on theoretical chemistry. About thirty participants who are competitively selected from the applicant pool are invited to attend and work closely with three or four senior faculty members, plus one or two of the ACS Physical Division Awardees during this one week intensive program. The TSRC program includes:

(1) approximately six- to eight-hours of lectures daily on electronic structures, statistical mechanics, and chemical dynamics;

(2) problem solving sessions; and

(3) outdoor recreation in the mountains.

Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own PC or Mac laptops. There are no laptops available for loan at TSRC and many TSTC assignments require the use of a laptop. Sharing is possible, but not ideal. The School is intended for:

  • Recent or soon-to-be theory Ph.D.s who need to acquire knowledge outside their graduate and postdoctoral experiences and experimental chemists (and from related fields) who use theory in their research.
  • Faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions who want to incorporate theory into their classes are also welcomed. Only 25-35 TSTC students participate each summer school.

Application procedure:

Applications are available online the fall preceding the summer session. The school is held every odd year; applications are made available the fall of every even year. Only online applications are accepted and they must be completed by the posted deadline to be considered.

Cost: TSTC subsidizes much of the costs of attending the school by contributing substantially to students' lodging and meal expenses. TSTC also reimburses students for registration fees upon completion of the course. Through these registration fees, TSRC supplies breakfast M-F, snacks most of the day, a picnic dinner, and all the coffee, tea and soda participants can drink. Students must arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from Telluride. TSTC does not support transportation costs.

TSTC HISTORY TSTC began officially in 2009 with a successful summer session in Telluride. Inspired by the need for a comprehensive theoretical summer school covering electronic structure, chemical dynamics, and statistical mechanics, University of Utah professor Jack Simons conceived of TSTC some years earlier. As a show of support, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Physical Division contributed substantially to the school's endowment and created an award in theoretical chemistry.

THE PURPOSE OF TSTC Dr. Simons notes, "There is little doubt that explosive growth in computing hardware and software, which shows no sign of slowing, has greatly enhanced the impact that theory and simulation have in chemical research and education as well as in field such as biophysics and material science. Our nation needs to find better ways to bring knowledge about this rapidly evolving discipline into the hands of those who will be making use of theory in their research or classrooms. TSTC will provide an efficient and ongoing means for making research-level material, beyond what is taught in most first-year Ph.D. graduate classes, available to future leaders."

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The application for the workshop, with support for PUI faculty and others with undergraduate instructional roles or plans to enter a career in college teach is at: