Summer schools encourage science study

29 March 2019

A number of summer schools are planned for 2019 to allow students and young researchers the opportunity to explore the world of science.

NS3 Nuclear Science Summer School
12-18 May 2019
Michigan State University

NS3 Nuclear Science Summer School will introduce undergraduate students to the nuclear science field. NS3 is hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) and will offer lectures and activities at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). It will have lectures by local and visiting researchers, and nuclear physics labs. There will also be a tour of the facility, discussions with graduate students and faculty, and more.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), NSCL, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) fund participation in NS3.

First Frontiers Summer School 
15-18 May 2019
Michigan State University

The First Frontiers Summer School is aimed at early-career scientists in nuclear physics, astrophysics, or astronomy who are interested in developing their cross-field literacy. Senior undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs are all welcome to apply. The school will provide training to early-career scientists in the major areas of JINA-CEE science:

  • Where do the elements come from that make up our world?
  • What are basic properties of matter when compressed to high density?

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) @ Michigan State Experience
15-26 July 2019
Michigan State University

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) is a free week-long program for high school students and teachers. It is sponsored by the JINA-CEE, which is a Physics Frontier Center funded by NSF.

The program takes place at one of two nuclear-physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory (NSL) at the University of Notre Dame and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at MSU. NSL and NSCL faculty, staff, and students lead the lectures and experiments. The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the domain of astrophysics and cosmology.

Lectures will cover experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, astrophysical modeling, and astronomical observations. Specific topics include those listed below. Additional topics will be added based on participant interest:

  • Nuclear physics: Shell structure, driplines, reactions, and direct and indirect measurements
  • Astronomy: Stellar evolution, halo stars, first stars and CEMP stars, and dwarf galaxies and cosmology
  • Astrophysics: Galactic chemical evolution, core-collapse supernova, neutrinos, neutron stars, and gravitational waves