NSSC provides rigorous training, education, and research opportunities in collaboration with its university and national laboratory partners to prepare our students to be leaders in the nuclear science and security fields.

Many NSSC undergraduate students continue on to top graduate programs in nuclear science and policy, while others directly pursue opportunities at the national laboratories or in industry.

If you are interested in connecting with any of our graduating students, please contact us at nssc_info@berkeley.edu.

IMG_2151Keegan Harrig

NSSC Fellow

B.A. Physics (Expected December 2015)

University of California, Berkeley

About me: I transferred from San Francisco State University in 2013 to the University of California, Berkeley, and I will graduate with a bachelors degree in Physics in December 2015. During my time at UC Berkeley I spent almost two years working for the Bay Area Neutron Group headed by Dr. Bethany Goldblum of the Nuclear Engineering department at UC Berkeley. I have assisted with data analysis, software development and experimental setup for various neutron flux and detector characterization experiments at LBNL at the 88-Inch Cyclotron. I have also performed activation analysis on Aluminum samples irradiated at the cyclotron in support of these experiments. I am interested in detector development and characterization, as well as the implementation of novel experimental techniques in the context of particle detection.

Research and career areas of interest: The characterization and testing of detectors and experimental techniques for radiation detection in the field of nuclear physics.

Future plans: Graduate school


Maria Elise (Elie) Katzenson

NSSC Fellow

B.A. Political Science (Expected May 2016)

University of California, Berkeley

About me:I will graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in May 2016. I have an Associate’s degree in Applied Photography from Santa Barbara City College, and have extensive experience producing professional, thought-provoking presentation graphics via the Adobe Creative Suite (most often Photoshop and Illustrator). My primary research focus is geared towards nuclear security issues but I am also interested in the observation and evaluation of international governmental organizations. As a resourceful, multi-functional individual, I possess exceptional writing and editorial skills in addition to data collection/analysis capabilities.

Research and career areas of interest:

  • National Security umbrella
  • Nuclear security, in particular International Governmental Organizations
  • Data Analysis
  • Public Policy

Looking for positions in: Academia or National Laboratory