For most students, summer school was something you endured while wishing you were at the local swimming pool or air-conditioned movie theater. But not for a group of graduate students who recently signed up for a first-of-its-kind radiation detection course.
Twelve graduate students in science and engineering from across the country participated in the first Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security Summer School, co-sponsored by NNSA and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Watch TV clip.)
At PNNL and other facilities in Richland, Washington, students received hands-on training in detecting nuclear materials across a range of nuclear security missions. The students also learned first-hand about challenges that technical and policy experts face in the field. The students now can apply what they learned in their own research, better preparing them for nuclear security careers.