NSSC SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR 2021

Required Summer Programs for all NSSC Graduate Fellows:

Students who are not Fellows or Graduate Students are also encouraged to apply, but priority for program acceptance is given to Graduate Fellows.

June 21st – August 13th 2021 – 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.

More info here. Pre-register here. (submitting this form does not guarantee program acceptance)


June 14 – 18, 2021, held online. The Boot Camp is a unique, week-long course on all aspects of nuclear security policy. Taught by experts and policymakers largely from Washington, DC, the program offers unbeatable learning and networking opportunities including:

  • classes with internationally recognized nuclear security policy experts,
  • talks from experts in a variety of nuclear policy sectors, and
  • discussion with key stakeholders in nuclear policy.

More info here. Pre-register through NSSC here. (submitting this form does not guarantee program acceptance)


Optional NSSC Summer Programs

Nuclear Inspector School – June 14 – 18th, 2021. Due to COVID-19 this course may need to be held online for Summer 2021. This course is an introduction to non-destructive assay (NDA) measurement techniques that are used for nuclear material accountancy by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or within a State’s System of Accounting and Control (SSAC). The course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of gamma-ray and neutron based detection. The course will include lectures and a number of hands-on exercises in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s training facility, leveraging the exemplary expertise and resources that are also used to instruct IAEA inspectors in NDA principles each year. This course will allow students a unique opportunity to perform NDA measurements using a variety of NDA instruments such as sodium iodide systems, high-purity germanium detectors, and several types of neutron-based detectors – on a variety of nuclear materials.  The training will focus on the quantitative measurements of mass and isotopic composition on uranium and plutonium items. Read more about the work of Nuclear Inspectors here.


The Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp, hosted by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at UC San Diego, will be held from July 25 – August 4, 2021. The summer workshop-in-residence at UC San Diego, known as the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (PPNT) Boot Camp, aims to give participants the knowledge and analytic tools to contribute to the debate on future U.S. nuclear policy. The boot camp features lectures, discussions, debates and policy simulations. Participants attend talks by distinguished researchers, academics, policy officials and operational specialists from leading universities, the National Laboratories, international organizations, government agencies dealing with nuclear threats, command and control, international safeguards, nonproliferation strategies and other nuclear issues. View agendas from previous years here.

Pre-register for the program here. Pre-registration will close on November 23, 2020. Submitting this form does not guarantee program acceptance. A formal application process will follow. Reach out to mthiveos@ucsd.edu with any questions.

Info on programs held prior to 2021 is available here.