About ACA Summer Courses
The objective of the ACA summer courses is to provide training both in theoretical and practical aspects of crystallography, primarily to graduate and postdoctoral students. While crystallography continues to play an increasing role in the physical and biomedical sciences, the simple use of highly automated procedures and techniques can lead to gaps in fundamental knowledge of the subject, and hinder it's successful application to unusual or difficult research problems as well as proper interpretation of results.
Many institutions do not offer much, or in some cases, any, formal training in crystallography, yet this knowledge can be crucial for the next generation of scientist's research efforts. The ACA summer courses are intended to fill this knowledge gap by providing thorough training in crystallography, either by supplementing training from the home institution, or by providing an initial background in proper practices for new labs.
The courses are taught by recognized leaders in the field, have an extensive hands-on component while also covering theoretical foundations, and serve as a knowledge base in that valuable contacts made with instructors and fellow students often are maintained by the participants for years.
Want to Host a Summer Course?
For more information about summer schools or if you have questions, please contact Marcia Colquhoun, Director of Administrative Services at: (716) 898-8692
The ACA Summer Course
for Chemical Crystallography
The ACA Summer Course in Chemical Crystallography is a program that is now into its third decade of instruction here in the United States. The current incarnation of the course is directed towards Single-Crystal Chemical Crystallography and Powder Diffraction techniques, as applicable to small molecule studies. The course is designed to instruct attendees in the theory and practice of these two aspects of crystallography.
The course is held every summer, in even years at The University of Notre Dame, and in odd years at Northwestern University.
No prior knowledge of crystallography is expected from attendees. However, a good understanding of undergraduate level chemistry, physics and mathematics is desirable. While the course is geared towards graduate level attendees, applications from strong undergraduate students will be considered. Past course attendees have included faculty members and industrial researchers.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting in January 2016.
Past Summer Courses
2011 - Small Molecule Crystallography
The 10-day intensive course will be offered tentatively July 18th through July 27th, 2011 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP is located in the town of Indiana about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. The course will cover both single crystal and powder diffraction.
2010 Summer Course - Small Molecule Crystallography
The 10-day intensive course was offered June 21st through June 3oth, 2010 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP is located in the town of Indiana about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. The course covered both single crystal and powder diffraction.
2009 Summer Course - Small Molecule Crystallography
The 10-day intensive course was offered June 22nd through July 1st, 2009 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP is located in the town of Indiana about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. The course covered both single crystal and powder diffraction.
2008 Summer Course - Small Molecule Crystallography
The 2008 ACA Summer Course on Small Molecule Crystallography was held on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus July 7th through July 16th, 2008. The course extensively covered both single crystal and powder diffraction.
2005 Summer Course - Small Molecule Crystallography
The 2005 ACA Summer Course in Small Molecule Crystallography was held August 7th through August 17th, on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) campus in Indiana, PA.