Radiochemistry students work in the lab

Oregon State University

Undergraduate Radiochemistry Summer School

June 20 through July 29, 2016


The Undergraduate Radiochemistry Summer School is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy and hosted by the Oregon State University School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) and the Department of Chemistry in Corvallis, Oregon.


Fellowships include a stipend of $4,000, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from Corvallis, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Students will be awarded with eight transferable college credits. 

Summer School Description (flyer)

The Undergraduate Radiochemistry Summer School will focus on the fundamentals of radiochemistry with an emphasis on the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Blending classwork and labwork, students will learn physics of nuclear structure, radioactive decay and nuclear reactions, principles of radiodetection, chemistry of actinides and fission products, production and separation of radionuclides, radiolytic effects. The nuclear fuel cycle will be presented from fundamental chemistry to engineering applications. Students will benefit from the expertise of guest lecturers from national labs and academic partners who will present throughout the summer school.

Four of the six weeks are also devoted to independent laboratory research projects under the guidance of our faculty. Students will present their results at a student conference at the end of the summer school.

Accepted students are expected to participate in all coursework, research and tours. 

Facility Tours

Students will visit Richland, Washington for tours of the AREVA Energy Northwest , and Hanford Site facilities. They will also tour the Oregon State TRIGA Reactor, and NuScale facilities in Corvallis.


Candidates should be undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science who are presently in their junior or sophomore year of study at a US college or university. They should have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics and one year of calculus. Applicants must be US citizens.


Applications are closed for this cycle. 

Apply Online 

With the application form you will need to submit:

    • transcript (unofficial is satisfactory)
    • brief statement (500 words or less) describing your academic and career goals
    • résumé/CV
    • contact information for one reference