Through participating in the summer schools, students:
1. Receive fellowship to cover all costs, including a stipend (added in 2005), transportation, tuition, books, and room and board.
2. Cover coursework grounded in fundamentals of nuclear and radiochemistry.
3. Experience hands-on laboratory learning in an American Chemical Society accredited chemistry degree program.
4. Get exposure to a variety of nuclear science applications and practitioners.
5. Interact one-on-one with instructors and guests.
6. Learn from guest lecturers.
7. Visit nuclear science sites.
8. Receive college or university course credit (6-7 units).
9. Receive career guidance and support.
DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) renewed the latest 5-year summer schools grant starting March 1, 2007, which included contributions from the Office of Biological and Environmental Remediation (BER) and Office of Nuclear Physics (NP). The programs held during the summer of 2011 were the last committed under the renewed grant. At the time of this publication, a funding decision had not been made about the grant renewal. The approximate budget is $500,000 total per year for the two summer schools, which includes student housing and participation, course materials and supplies, guest lecture travel, student symposia, field trips, professional development, staff salaries, and space and support charges.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program
The role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) in supporting the nuclear and radiochemistry workforce was mandated in the 2010 Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act, which focused on “maintaining a vibrant and enduring academic pathway from undergraduate to postdoctorate” for national technical nuclear forensics (TNF)-related specialties (including radiochemistry, geochemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, materials science, and