Information on the 2017 NSSC-LANL Summer Program

Los Alamos

Basic Info: The NSSC-LANL Summer Program is an eight week extended research internship hosted by the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The program provides a survey of the national laboratory activities and mission space, focused research projects with a strong connection to nonproliferation science and technology, and a companion symposium series linking nuclear security science, technology, and policy. Students will have broad exposure to LANL, access to mentors from LANL and SNL, and opportunities for lab-directed research in physics, nuclear engineering and nonproliferation, intelligence and space research, international and applied technology, applied physics, national security, and more.   

Requirement Info: The summer program is a requirement to fulfill the obligations of your NSSC Graduate Fellowship. If you are a NSSC Graduate Fellow and have not yet attended a summer program you are required to attend the NSSC-LANL Summer School. Continuing NSSC Fellows and NSSC Affiliates are welcome to apply, but space is limited and priority is given to incoming NSSC Fellows.

Dates: The program dates are  June 20 – August 11, 2017. Students are required to stay for the duration of the program. (Special note, the UITI program review meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 6-8, 2017, attendance is required)

Registration: Please pre-register for the summer program here. A CV is required as part of the registration process, please send to Pre-registration will close on October 31, 2016.

Funding Support: NSSC will cover housing and travel costs. For UC Berkeley students travel should be arranged following the guidelines detailed in the NSSC Student Travel Guide. For students attending other institutions, please follow the guidelines provided by your school. LANL will be providing a student stipend during the research period.

Housing: Students will identify their own housing arrangement during their stay in Los Alamos. NSSC is always available as a resource, please feel free to reach out to with any housing questions or concerns.

Housing Research Options:

Los Alamos Classifieds (Official Los Alamos county site where apartments can list their units)

LANL Student Housing (Done through the lab) LANL has a platform with – a password obtained from is necessary to access this website.

LANL Post-Doc Housing (Done through the lab)

Los Alamos/White Rock Housing Group (Facebook Group – heard to be useful!)




LANL also identified the Comfort Inn as a good option, which includes microwaves and fridges in every room, free breakfast, and a bus to lab. 2 students per room are encouraged. Please check with your institutional POC to determine if your preferred lodging options are within budget.

While the town of Los Alamos will be closest to the lab, there are surrounding areas that students can look into for housing options. White Rock is around 15 minutes away. Espanola is around 30 minutes from the lab, but is somewhat unsafe, and not recommended as a place to live. Santa Fe is around 35-40 minutes away by car. Housing within the city of Los Alamos is preferred and encouraged.

Transportation: The bus system in Los Alamos is FREE and drops off near the lab. Check here for bus route maps.  

It is also an option to drive your own vehicle or arrange for a shared car rental. Please check with your institutional POC to determine whether or not your transportation plans are within budget.

Los Alamos and Surrounding Areas: Los Alamos is located in Northern New Mexico, around 40 miles from the beautiful town of Santa Fe, and about 12 miles from the Bandelier National Park. Another great city, Taos, is one and a half hours away by car. The Angel Fire resort is around two hours from Los Alamos.

Check out this Facebook group to learn more about Student Life at Los Alamos and connect with other students in the area.

View a great interactive map of lab and surrounding areas here.

Tons more information on the area available here.

Research Scope and Engagement Options: The NSSC-LANL Summer Program allows research in physics, nuclear engineering and nonproliferation, intelligence and space research, international and applied technology, applied physics, national security, nuclear forensics and radiochemistry, radiation detection, nuclear data, and more.  The program is very flexible and NSSC and LANL will work with the student to craft individual programs to cater to individual research interests. Students will be paired with the appropriate lab mentor to benefit their research.

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Information on past LANL Summer Programs

The NSSC Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories Summer School features a five-day module at LANL in Los Alamos, NM followed by a three-day module at SNL in Albuquerque, NM. The LANL Nuclear Safeguards component provides an introduction to the nondestructive assay (NDA) of uranium and plutonium-bearing materials using gamma ray and neutron measurement techniques. Students will engage in hands-on training using various measurement techniques to quantify and characterize items containing Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) including uranium enrichment measurements, plutonium isotopic measurements, active neutron coincidence counting of uranium and passive neutron coincidence counting of plutonium. The SNL Nuclear Science, Security and Safeguards component features activities in nuclear instrumentation and measurement utilizing Sandia’s critical assembly (CX), the Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR), and other facilities. Students are required to stay for the duration of the program.


View the roster for LANL/SNL School by clicking here