We are looking for outstanding candidates for the Undergraduate Radiochemistry Summer School sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy and hosted this year by the Oregon State University School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) and the Department of Chemistry in Corvallis, Oregon. Running from June 20 through July 29, 2016, the school is for undergraduate students in chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics and related discipline.
The Undergraduate Radiochemistry Summer School will focus on the fundamentals of radiochemistry with an emphasis on the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Blending classwork and labwork, students will learn physics of nuclear structure, radioactive decay and nuclear reactions, principles of radiodetection, chemistry of actinides and fission products, production and separation of radionuclides, radiolytic effects. The nuclear fuel cycle will be presented from fundamental chemistry to engineering applications. The core faculty of the summer school are A. Paulenova, W.D. Loveland, M. Nyman and A. Farsoni. Students will also benefit from the expertise of 10 guest lecturers from national labs and academic partners who will present throughout the summer school.
Four of the six weeks are devoted to independent laboratory research projects under the guidance of our faculty. Students will present their results at a student conference at the end of the summer school. In addition, students will tour the Oregon State TRIGA Reactor, and NuScale facilities in Corvallis. They will also visit Richland, Washington for tours of the AREVA, Energy Northwest, and Hanford Site facilities.
12 students (must be U.S. citizen) will be selected and will be provided with a $4,000 stipend as well as coverage of housing and travel costs. Students are expected to participate in all coursework, research and tours. Upon satisfactory completion of the summer school, participating students will receive eight transferable radiochemistry credits at the 400 level. Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, Oregon. Students will stay in Oregon State University residence halls and have full access to university recreation facilities, computer facilities, and library. Applications are due April 20, 2016 with acceptance notification by April 29, 2016. Rising seniors are preferred, but all applications will be reviewed and considered.
Questions should be directed to:
Alena Paulenova, summer school director, NSE
Janet Knudson, office manager, NSE