Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer SchoolNuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School

Are you a science, mathematics, or engineering major?
Interested in learning about nuclear forensics?
This program is for you!


June 11 to July 20, 2018  |  The University of Utah, Salt Lake City

NFUSS is a six-week course, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), designed to provide undergraduate students with comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics. This program will be held June 11 to July 20 at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Through laboratory experiments and complementary lectures, students are introduced to the practice and technical aspects of nuclear forensic science. The program will also include a field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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About

NFUSS will introduce undergraduate science, mathematics, and engineering students to the field of nuclear forensics. 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.

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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.

Selected students participate in a six-week course composed of a series of lectures, laboratory experiments, practical exercises, and a field trip to ORNL focused on major topics that relate to nuclear forensics.

At the completion of this summer school, students will understand:

  1. The chart of nuclides, and be able to utilize it
  2. Different modes of radioactive decay
  3. Components of the nucleus and how it influences nuclear properties
  4. How fission is induced and the resulting products
  5. Radiation detection or mass spectroscopy and be able to determine isotope concentration or ratios
  6. The fundamental components of the nuclear fuel cycle
  7. Nuclear reactors and reactor physics
  8. The application of analytical methods in characterizing materials
  9. Plutonium processing
  10. Contemporary issues in nuclear forensics

 

View the NFUSS Flyer for Summer 2018.

 




How to Apply

Applicant Information

Before starting the application, please read through this information to ensure you are eligible for this program and are aware of the required information needed to be considered.

Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • Be currently enrolled full time as a degree-seeking student in a science, mathematics, or engineering program at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university
  • Have completed at least two years of college-level coursework prior to the start of the NFUSS appointment
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage
  • Be available to participate in the full six-week program
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Important Dates

Below are the important dates for the 2018 program.

  • Application deadline: February 28, 2018
  • Reference received deadline: March 9, 2018
  • Candidates notified of selection: March 1-30, 2018 
  • Program dates: June 11 to July 20, 2018
  • Field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Tentative date of July 11, 2018

How to Apply

The NFUSS application process consists of three parts:

1. Create a Profile

The profile will require:

  • Name, address, and contact information
  • Education, awards, and certification information – be sure to show all of your educational experience and show your most recent start date and expected graduation date on your current school/degree
  • Employment information (including previous internships)
  • Areas of interest
  • Reference – list at least one name and contact information for an educational or technical reference now, but they will not be emailed with instructions on how to provide the reference until you complete and submit the application. See below for more information.
  • How you found the application and demographic information (will not be visible to selecting reviewers)
  • A PDF copy of your resume/curriculum vitae – be sure to redact your Social Security number and birthdate throughout document if applicable
  • Release and certify your information

2. Complete the Application

The application will require:

  • A PDF upload of a letter of interest that includes:
    • Information on why you are interested in this program
    • Description of how you would benefit from this opportunity
    • Information on your career goals as they relate to the NFUSS opportunity
    • Any knowledge/skills/abilities that reviewers should be aware of when considering your application
  • A PDF upload of a copy of your most recent college/university transcript, which must include information on your spring 2018 class schedule (unofficial is acceptable). Be sure to redact your Social Security number and birthdate throughout document if applicable.
    • If selected, an official transcript or additional information may be requested before a final decision is made.
  • Your selection for the reference to be contacted (if more than one is listed and selected, then the first one returned will be considered)

3. Submit References

Once you submit your application, the reference you listed will receive an auto-generated email from the Zintellect system with instructions on how to submit a reference on your behalf. It is your responsibility to communicate with your reference to determine if they received instructions on how to submit the online recommendation. Ask them to check their spam folders and be sure to verify that you provided the correct email address. The reference must be submitted by March 9. Please note that your application must be submitted by the application deadline of February 28.

Technical Assistance

If you or your references experience any technical difficulties with the online system, please contact NFUSS@orau.org.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical ability, genetic information, sexual orientation or covered veteran's status.

Benefits

Student Stipend

The program will cover your tuition, fees, housing, and meals at the University of Utah. You will receive a $5,000 stipend that will be paid on a biweekly schedule during your appointment in the NFUSS program.

In addition, you will receive an allowance to cover travel costs to and from the University of Utah and travel costs for the field trip to ORNL. Selected students will be reimbursed for one round trip domestic travel (if permanent address is more than 50 miles from the University of Utah). Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current federal privately owned vehicle mileage rate. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare and may include ground transportation and standard baggage fees (limited to two bags).

Field Trip

The 2018 NFUSS will include a field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to provide participants a firsthand view of an operational environment.



Contact Us

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For questions about program, please contact:

Leslie Fox, Program Manager
Science Education and Workforce Development - ORISE
(865) 576-3427
NFUSS@orau.org

Brook Benson, Program Specialist
Science Education and Workforce Development - ORISE
(865) 574-9231
NFUSS@orau.org