March 27, 2020

Update on summer student program

Lynda L Seaver, seaver1 [at], 925-423-3103

In light of the uncertainties surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are temporarily suspending the processing of student hires at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) while we consider if and how we will be able to conduct our student programs in the upcoming summer months. For all students — those who have received an offer, for returning summer students, and for new students — we are continuing to assess the pandemic situation and expect to make a final decision about our summer student programs by April 15 at the latest.

We highly value our students as an integral part of our workforce and our summer community, and concern for their health and well-being, as well as that of our staff and community, is paramount.  We will proceed deliberately, recognizing the importance of operating under protective measures currently in effect to self-isolate, practice social distancing, reduce travel and telecommute where possible.

We are currently evaluating options for continuing our summer programs that may include remotely accessible research projects and lecture series, postponing start dates (June or later), and other options depending on individual situations.

We will be working over the next few weeks together with the student mentors to develop specific guidance on the path forward for each student and summer program. In the interim, if you have time-sensitive questions, contact zachow2 [at] (Christine Zachow).

We recognize that this uncertainty may be an added source of stress during this challenging time, and we ask for your patience as we try to develop a responsible plan as quickly as possible for meaningful summer engagement for our students. We also understand for those who have received an offer of employment for the summer, if your personal circumstances have changed and you are no longer able to commit to summer employment, please let us know. You can let us know at any time, and your decision will not result in bias or prejudice for future employment.

- Pat Falcone, deputy director for Science and Technology