Call for Applications: The Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School


Deadline: 29 March 2020


NFUSS will introduce undergraduate science, mathematics, and engineering students to the field of nuclear forensics. Nuclear forensics involves examining materials recovered from radiological and nuclear events of an illicit or hostile nature in order to determine their character and origin. Nuclear forensics conclusions, combined with information from law enforcement investigation and intelligence, help identify those responsible for planned and actual attacks.

Nuclear forensics supports the U.S. Government commitment to identify and hold fully accountable any state or non-state actor that willfully supports, enables, or engages in hostile weapons of mass destruction activities that threaten the United States or our allies and partners.

Selected students participate in a six-week course composed of a series of lectures, laboratory experiments, practical exercises, and a field trip to ORNL focused on major topics that relate to nuclear forensics.

At the completion of this summer school, students will understand:

  1. The chart of nuclides, and be able to utilize it
  2. Different modes of radioactive decay
  3. Components of the nucleus and how it influences nuclear properties
  4. How fission is induced and the resulting products
  5. Radiation detection or mass spectroscopy and be able to determine isotope concentration or ratios
  6. The fundamental components of the nuclear fuel cycle
  7. Nuclear reactors and reactor physics
  8. The application of analytical methods in characterizing materials
  9. Plutonium processing
  10. Contemporary issues in nuclear forensics


  • Be currently enrolled full time as a degree-seeking student in a science, mathematics, or engineering program at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university
  • Have completed at least two years of college-level coursework prior to the start of the NFUSS appointment
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage
  • Be available to participate in the full six-week program


The program will cover your tuition, fees, housing, meals, and travel reimbursement for the program at the University of Texas-Austin and for the field trip to ORNL. You will receive a $5,000 stipend that will be paid by the university to you directly as part of your appointment in the NFUSS program.

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