Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

Program Dates
ND: June 24-29, 2018
MSU: July 22-27, 2018

Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics


* A free residential summer camp for high school students.

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 sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) and taught by NSL and NSCL faculty and staff. We welcome U.S. students who have completed at least one year of high school. 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.
Teachers can contact for information on professional development regarding teaching nuclear science in the classroom.


Notifications of application status have been emailed and all openings have been filled for 2018.

ND Specific:

The PAN @ ND Experience

  • Be 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 experimental 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.

  • See previous presentations on YouTube!.

  • Learn more in the PAN @ ND FAQ.

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

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 (
Phone: 517-908-7363


PAN @ MSU 2005 - 2015

* 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 15, 2016