The 2022 Nuclear Analytical Techniques (NAT) Summer School will be held once more live at the UC Davis in Davis, CA from June 20th to June 30th. This year, it will be a joint session supported by the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) and the High Energy Physics Consortium for Advanced Training (HEPCAT).

The school will start at 8:30 am on June 20th in the Physics Building Room 185. The school will end on June 30th late afternoon. Please make travel arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you at UC Davis.

Topic: Nuclear Analytical Techniques (NAT) and High Energy Physics Instrumentation (HEPCAT)

The program will consist of some lectures, but mostly hands-on activities involving nuclear analytical techniques. Students will perform Neutron Activation Analysis using the McClellan Nuclear Research Center, study nuclear cross sections at the Crocker cyclotron facility, gain experience and skills in counting with NaI and HPGe crystals, and learn about detectors and analysis techniques important across a broad range of science and industry. Note: This is an introductory course.


There is no registration fee to pay, but you or your institute will be liable for your expenses (travel to and from Davis, accommodation, and meals). For those interested, we will arrange on-campus housing. A limited number of fellowships (provided via NSSC) will be awarded to cover the cost of housing. Please indicate in your application if you are applying for the housing support.

A grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to encourage participation of undergraduate (or first-year graduate) students from underrepresented groups. Please indicate if you are applying for the URM support.


The summer school is open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. Interested graduate students should be enrolled in physics, nuclear chemistry, or nuclear engineering program. Undergraduate applicants should have at least one course in quantum mechanics, differential equations, and modern physics. The participation is limited to 20 participants.

Applications for the 2022 session are now closed.

Local team

Profs: Bob Svoboda, Mani Tripathi, Eric Prebys, Emilija Pantic, Tony Tyson, and Michael Mulhearn

Research Staff: Amin Aminae

Postdocs: Billy Boxer, Ben Godfrey, Leon Pickard

Graduate Students: Julie He, Ryan Hensley, James Kingston, Lena Korkeila, Daniel Polin, Ben Schlitzer.


Activities: Most of the activities will have activity sheets posted. Please read it before your scheduled activity and familiarize yourself with the material.

Forms: You will HAVE to fill in Volunteer Information form, CNL RUA form. Those will be distributed during the first day. Also, submit This briefing BEFORE going to the MNRC.

Required Clothing: Working in labs at UC Davis will require that you wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Please remember to bring these with you. Other required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided to you as needed. Be aware that the daily temperature range can be quite large in Davis. At the time of the school, daily highs are typically in the mid-90s, while lows are in the mid-50s. Please check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.

Internet: The preferred method to connect to WiFi at UC Davis is eduroam. There is a free wifi network called ucd-guest. Instructions for connecting to it are found here.

Checking in is on June 19, 2022 at the Segundo Area Service Desk, starting at 4pm. You will receive detailed check-in instructions once your application is accepted.

Parking: If you are driving to campus you must park in the visitor lots. The easiest is the Mondavi Parking Structure, which is about a ten-minute walk from the Physics Building (campus maps are available online). Note, you will need to get a parking pass from the machine each day.


Transportation: If you are flying into Sacramento, there is a convenient door-to-door shuttle called the Davis Airporter. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. You can also take Uber or super-shuttle.

Davis is also served by the Amtrak Capitol Corridor line. It is about a 30-minute walk from the train station to the dorm through the downtown area.

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