Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)

PAN is a free week-long program for current high school students who are US citizens (or DACA eligible).

The 2023 program is planning to meet in-person from July 23-28, 2023! This is subject to change. As we return to in-person events, we recommend that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the safety of everyone.

Applications will be open from December 1, 2022 until 11:59pm ET on March 27, 2023.


PAN is sponsored by the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), which is a National User Facility funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.

The program will run from July 23-28, 2023 at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on the campus of Michigan State University. Lectures and experiments are led by FRIB faculty, staff, and students. 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 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.
  • Meet researchers who are exploring a wide array of questions.
  • Discover the surprising array of career opportunities in science.
  • Experience the atmosphere of college life.
  • The 2023 program is planned to be in-person (subject to change) - participants get free room and board on campus (if required)!

Application Instructions:

A complete application requires submission of a pre-application (complete this as soon as possible), an application, and two teacher recommendations. We use google forms to collect the information and send email notifications.

Eligibility: We welcome U.S. students who are currently in high school to apply. International students are not eligible. Sorry, there are no exceptions.



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

Zach Constan, FRIB/JINA Outreach Coordinator

640 S. Shaw Lane
East Lansing , MI 48824 517-908-7363