Spend a summer learning about how game-changing science, engineering, and technology are applied to reduce the dynamic threats of nuclear nonproliferation.

***Due to COVID-19 this program will MOST LIKELY be held online for Summer 2021. Program organizers will be in contact with program participants with additional details.***

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 Sandia National Laboratories, 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. The goals of the program are to: create working relationships between NSSC students and LANL scientists, increase number of students performing lab-directed research with LANL, and to turn research and training into careers at the national laboratories. 

Students will work either individually or in small teams with a LANL or SNL staff member on a research project that has a strong connection to nuclear security science and nonproliferation.

Examples of past research projects:

  • Online monitoring of 239Pu production for Molten Salt Reactors
  • Isotopic ratios of samarium by Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) for nuclear forensic applications
  • Material studies using transmission electron microscopy, discrete dislocation dynamics, and micromechanical testing
  • MCNP simulation of a Uranium Neutron Coincidence Collar
  • How fission impacts the final abundance pattern of the r-process
  • Active interrogation of shielded uranium to determine enrichment using delayed neutron die-away
  • Silicon drift detectors for nuclear forensics applications
  • Activity ratios in decay chains for forensics applications

Lectures on nuclear nonproliferation concepts and R&D efforts will provide broad exposure to the LANL mission space.

Examples of past lectures include:

  • Reactor and Spent Fuel Safeguards
  • Nuclear Deterrence and Vigilance: Space-Based Explosion Monitoring
  • Nuclear Smuggling, Detection, and Deterrence Program
  • National Security Through Radioactive Source Removal
  • Data Analytics for Nonproliferation


NSSC Requirement Info: The summer program is a requirement to fulfill the obligations of your NSSC Graduate Fellowship. Students who are not NSSC Fellows are also welcome to apply, but space is limited and priority is given to NSSC Graduate Fellows.

Dates: The eight week program will be held from June 21st – August 13th, 2021.

Students are also welcome to apply to the optional “Nuclear Inspector School” held from June 14 – 18th. See website for more info on this week long program and how to apply. 

Registration:  Fill out the NSSC Pre-Registration form here. Submitting this form does not guarantee acceptance into the summer program. A separate acceptance email will follow at a later date.

Eligibility: The program is designed for students from the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. NSSC
students should contact their faculty advisor or the NSSC Program Manager to express interest in the
program. A limited number of seats are available for students from outside the Consortium. Participants must
be U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited full-time upper-level undergraduate or graduate programs in science &
engineering or relevant fields. GPA must be above 3.2 to attend.Preference will be given to graduate-level students.

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.

Questions? Concerns?

Email nssc_info@berkeley.edu

What are past program participants saying?:

  • “As far as exposure to the nonproliferation mission and the science supporting it, this internship was excellent. “
  • “Thank you for the opportunity. Program as a whole was fantastic.”
  • “Being at LANL was a great privilege. It was also fun!”

    Summer 2019 cohort.


Information on past LANL Summer Programs

Summer 2020 Program Participants

View the roster for 2019 NSSC-LANL School by clicking here

View the roster for 2018 NSSC-LANL School by clicking here

View the roster for 2017 NSSC-LANL School by clicking here

View the roster for 2015 LANL/SNL School by clicking here

View the roster for 2014 LANL School by clicking here

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