The Physics of Atomic Nuclei Program at NSCL

A Free Residential Summer Camp for Science Teachers and High School Students on the campus of Michigan State University

PAN 2014 applications are online at the main PAN page on JINAweb
Planned dates are July 27 - August 1 for teachers, August 3 - 8 for students.

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PAN is an outreach program at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)—one of the world's leading nuclear physics laboratories—located on the campus of Michigan State University. It is run by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), NSCL faculty and staff. We welcome students who have completed at least one year of high school and teachers (primarily high school physics or chemistry, though others have found the program useful).


The PAN experience:

  • Learn about research in one of the top rare-isotope laboratories in the world.
  • Get introduced to the fascinatiing 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 FAQ, How to apply, or Downloads pages.

NSCL Contact: Zach Constan or PAN. Phone: 517-333-6363.

Team FrancicaPast PAN programs in the words of participating teachers and students:

"Not only did I learn a ton about nuclear physics and what you guys do there in your lab, but I had a really good time... I can't thank you all enough for supporting science education in this way."

You did a GREAT job! (and I've been to a lot of workshops)”

I only wish there were a PAN II to spend more time learning more and experimenting at the NSCL."

"The program is ridiculously more stimulating, more fun, and more helpful than any other training I've ever had as a teacher. Outstanding!!”"

Nearly 100% of students and teachers at PAN over the past several years would "Probably" or "Definitely" recommend the PAN program to their peers.

Read more about what happened at past PAN programs!

PAN@MSU and PAN@ND alumni: join our Facebook group!

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