J. R. Peterson, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600 and Transuranium Research Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P O Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6375 ""


S. B. Clark, Department of Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4630 ""

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a successful education/outreach program for advanced undergraduate students run by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. Funding from the US Department of Energy supports 24 fellowships for participation in the intensive six-week programs at San Jose State University (CA) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY). Students compete nationally for this challenging opportunity and are provided transportation to and from the school site, room and board, books, lab supplies, college course credit, and a $3000 stipend. The instructional program consists of lectures and laboratory exercises that cover the fundamentals of nuclear theory, nuclear instrumentation, radiochemistry, radiological safety, and applications in research, medicine, and industry. Guest lecturers and field trips broaden the students’ exposure to nuclear science. Assistance is provided in the following year(s) to those graduates who wish to join a research project in nuclear science, and thereafter, in their applications to graduate or professional school.

After the 2003 summer schools, about 420 students will have completed this program. Most graduates continue their education in graduate (chemistry, engineering, physics, biology) or professional school (medicine, law), and some participate in future editions of the summer schools as teaching associates, guest lecturers, and/or tour guides at nuclear facilities visited. Perhaps a third of the graduates pursue careers in some aspect of nuclear science. This ongoing program functions to recruit new talent into the various aspects of nuclear science and thus, it addresses the national need for trained personnel in nuclear and radiochemistry.