Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

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

2019 dates have been finalized!

The PAN @ Notre Dame 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.

The PAN @ Michigan State 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.

Teachers can contact for information on professional development regarding teaching nuclear science in the classroom.


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!"

Program Contact

Micha Kilburn, Notre Dame Contact 574-631-5326

Zach Constan, MSU Contact 517-908-7363