Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

Program Dates
ND: June 21-26, 2015 (students)
MSU: July 19-24, 2015 (teachers)
July 26-31, 2015 (students)

Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics


* A free residential summer camp for high school students (both sites) and science teachers (MSU only).

PAN is an outreach program at two world leading nuclear physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located on the campus of Michigan State University. It is run by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) and either NSL or NSCL faculty and staff. We welcome students who have completed at least one year of high school and science teachers (primarily high school physics or chemistry, though others have found the program useful). 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 2015 PAN applications are now closed. Applications for 2016 will be available in December.

Email notifications regarding acceptance will be sent by the first of May. Please add both and to your safe senders list to ensure you receive all future emails from us.

ND Specific:

The PAN @ ND Experience

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

  • Perform a series of experiments using state of the art research equipment in Notre Dame's Jordan Hall of Science.

  • Experience the college atmosphere at a prestigious university.

  • Learn experimental techniques used by the experimental nuclear astrophysics community through the use of various gamma, neutron and charged particle detectors.

  • Learn more in the PAN @ ND FAQ.

Notre Dame Contact:
Micha Kilburn (   Phone: 574-631-5326


PAN @ ND 2014
PAN @ ND 2013
PAN @ ND 2012
PIXE-PAN @ ND 2010
PIXE-PAN @ ND 2009
PIXE-PAN @ ND 2008
PIXE-PAN @ ND 2007
PIXE-PAN @ ND 2006

MSU Specific:

The PAN @ MSU 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.

  • Experience the atmosphere of one of the biggest university campuses in the country.

  • Teachers can earn SB-CEUs for participation in PAN (number to be determined).

  • Learn more on the PAN @ MSU FAQ page.

MSU Contact:
Zach Constan (
or   Phone: 517-908-7363


PAN @ MSU 2005 - 2014

* PAN teacher: "I feel that if I learn 2 things to take back and use in my classroom then it is a win. I was at 6 things on Monday."

* PAN student: "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."

* PAN student: "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!"



The JINA Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE)
Last Updated: Nov. 3, 2014