Call for applications closes February 28, 2018

Dec 18, 2017

Oak Ridge, Tenn. — The Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications for the Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School, a six-week course designed to provide students with comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics. The program, which will be held June 11 to July 20, 2018, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, includes a field trip to ORNL. 

To qualify, applicants must be enrolled full time as degree-seeking students in a science, mathematics or engineering program at an accredited four-year U.S.-based college or university, have completed at least two years of college-level coursework prior to the start of the NFUSS appointment, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit

 Selected participants will receive a stipend of $5,000 for their participation in the internship, and will be reimbursed for costs associated with travel to the university and a field trip to ORNL. Tuition, fees, housing and meals at the University of Utah are covered by the program. All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018. For more information about the program and application, visit Eligible candidates can submit applications at Questions about the Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School Program may be directed to

Nuclear forensics involves examining materials recovered from radiological and nuclear events of an illicit or hostile nature in order to determine their character and origin. Nuclear forensics conclusions, combined with information from law enforcement investigation and intelligence, help identify those responsible for planned and actual attacks. Nuclear forensics supports the U.S. government commitment to identify and hold fully accountable any state or non-state actor that willfully supports, enables or engages in hostile weapons of mass destruction activities that threaten the United States or our allies and partners.


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