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Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools (NCSS) are INTENSIVE six-week programs for undergraduates. Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy, and the summer schools are administered through the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (NUCL) of the American Chemical Society. Fellowships include stipends, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from the Summer School location, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Transferable college credit is awarded through the ACS accredited chemistry programs at San Jose State University (7 units) or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (6 units). Twelve students are placed at the West Coast school at San Jose State and twelve are placed at the East Coast school at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Current stipend levels are $4000 for the 6-week program.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should be undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science who are presently in their sophomore or junior year of study at a US college or university. They should have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics and one year of calculus. Applicants must be US citizens. Past participants have come from all across the country.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The program consists of an undergraduate course with lectures on the fundamentals of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and their applications in related fields. Laboratory exercises introduce state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology used in basic and applied nuclear science. In addition to the formal instruction, the course includes a Guest Lecture Series and field trips to university research centers, National Laboratories, and other nuclear facilities. Students meet and interact with prominent scientists who are working in nuclear and radiochemistry, nuclear medicine, nuclear forensics, and related fields.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Participants in the Summer Schools are encouraged to join a research project during the following summer at a university or federal institution. Considerable personal assistance will be provided to secure summer positions and admission to PhD programs at leading universities. An “Outstanding Student” is selected from each summer school site to attend the American Chemical Society national meeting the following spring, all expenses paid.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Lynn C. Francesconi

Director, ACS Nuclear Chemistry Summer Schools (2019-2022)

Professor, Hunter College of the City University of New York

695 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Email: LFRANCES@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: 212-772-5353

FAX: 212-772-5332