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Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security Summer School

15-26 June 2020


This two-week Summer School course provides students with an understanding of nuclear security challenges and exposes them to the technical foundations, analysis, and insight that will be required by future leaders in technology development with an emphasis on 'foundations' and 'applications' in nuclear security with lectures on the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of Radiation Detection
  • Nuclear Safeguards
  • Gamma-ray Spectroscopy
  • Arms Control & Treaty Verification
  • Neutron Multiplicity Counting
  • Interdiction
  • Nuclear Fuel & Enrichment
  • Emergency Response

A variety of hands-on activities to reinforce classroom dialogue are also planned, including:

  • Measurements with Portal Monitors
  • Ultra-low Background Detection
  • Machine Learning Applications
  • Border Guard Training
  • Tours of Framatome Fuel Fabrication Plant and the Hanford B Reactor

This program is funded by NNSA.

Apply Now! - The 2020 Summer School application process is now open. To express your interest in participating, please complete and submit the 2020 RDNS Summer School Application.

  • Note: Your RDNS summer school application will be considered incomplete until this is received.
  • Provide contact information for your research advisor or other individual who can speak to your research experience.

Application Deadline: 9 March 2020

Admission Notification: On or before 1 April 2020

2020 RDNS Summer School

Bob Runkle
(509) 375-1966

Ben McDonald
(509) 375-1872

Amy Nixon
(509) 371-7531

PNNL Mailing Address

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

PNNL Street Address

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
Richland, WA

  • The targeted student population consists of those most considering future employment at national laboratories or the U.S. government.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.
  • Students must be enrolled in graduate degree program in a field relevant to radiation detection such as nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, high-energy physics, etc.
  • Priority will be given to those students closest to graduation.
  • It is strongly recommended that students bring a laptop to the summer school.


There is no charge for the Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security Summer School.  However, students are responsible for funding their own meals, lodging, and transportation to and from Richland, Washington. Additional travel information (accommodations for the summer school with discounted rates, directions for arrival and departure, and weekday meals) will be provided with the admission notification.
All students accepted into the summer school must complete and submit the following before arrival:
  • PNNL on-line orientation and training.
  • PNNL application for temporary dosimetry.

Information and forms concerning orientation, training, and temporary dosimetry will be provided upon acceptance into the summer school.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop with them. 

HAMMER Training Facililty
Students at the HAMMER training facility stand next to a mock nuclear warhead used in demonstrations of treaty verification.
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