Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

Students take part in a science summer camp.

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) is a free week-long program for current high-school students who are U.S. citizens or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible.

The 2023 program is planned to be in-person 23-28 July 2023. (This is subject to change.) 

Applications are open from 1 December 2022 until 11:59 p.m. ET on 27 March 2023. Apply now!

PAN is sponsored by FRIB, which is a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics.

The program will run 23-28 July 2023 at FRIB on the campus of Michigan State University. FRIB faculty, staff, and students will lead the lectures and experiments. The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the extremely small domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the extremely large domain of astrophysics and cosmology.

The PAN @ Michigan State Experience

  • Learn about research in one of the top rare-isotope laboratories in the world.

  • Get introduced to the fascinating fields of astrophysics, cosmology, and nuclear science.

  • Perform your own nuclear physics experiments.

  • Meet researchers who are exploring a wide array of questions.

  • Discover the surprising array of career opportunities in science.

  • Experience the atmosphere of college life.

  • The 2023 program is planned to be in-person (subject to change) - participants get free room and board on campus (if required).

Application instructions

A complete application requires submission of a pre-application (complete this as soon as possible), an application, and two teacher recommendations. We use Google Forms to collect the information and send email notifications.

Eligibility: U.S. students who are currently in high school are eligible to apply. International students are not eligible. 

Testimonials from PAN students

"Fantastic all-around program. It's the best summer camp I've ever attended. It is a real treat to be around people who want to chat about math and science and who are smarter than I am. It is in some ways a small taste of college."

"Learning with a group of peers interested in science the way I am was one of the best educational experiences I've had so far!"

Program Contact

FRIB Outreach Coordinator Zach Constan
Phone: (517) 908-7363

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)