History

In 2011, the National Nuclear Security Administration awarded the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) $25 million to establish a five-year program to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. An additional $1.5M was awarded in 2011 for scholarships, research projects, and summer fellowships in collaboration with minority-serving institutions. The NSSC was established as a UC Berkeley-led consortium with more than 150 professors, researchers and students at seven major universities and five partnering universities offering hands-on experience at four Department of Energy national laboratories. Partner universities in the first phase of the consortium included UC Berkeley, Michigan State University, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Washington University in St. Louis, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at UC San Diego, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Partner national laboratories included Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories.

In 2016, the NSSC successfully competed for an additional five years of support. Partner universities in the second phase of the consortium include UC Berkeley, Michigan State University, UC Irvine, UC Davis, George Washington University, Texas A&M University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Partner national laboratories include Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Sandia National Laboratories

Mission

The NSSC’s mission is to support the nation’s nuclear security agenda, recruiting and training students in relevant nuclear disciplines in preparation for research and leadership roles in the national laboratories. The NSSC draws students and scholars together in unconventional ways, replacing the boundaries that separate disciplines with a more inclusive science-technology policy interface.

Our Partner Institutions

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