Pre-College Students & Educators


Young Investigators’ Summer Program in Nuclear Engineering (will not be held in 2021 due to COVID19, planning underway for the week-long virtual version, July 19-23)

Is a residential academic experience that engages participants in the role that nuclear technologies play in meeting the needs of society and solving everyday problems.

  • Open to high school rising juniors, rising seniors & graduating seniors
  • Participate in lectures, labs, small group projects & industrial field trips
  • Topics include nuclear energy, radiation detection & applications, computational science, nuclear materials, nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear waste management, policy etc.
  • Deadline: April 30 annually
  • All inclusive (room, meals, activities). Partial tuition scholarships available.
  • Additional information, click here (2019 program schedule)
  • Application is now open, click here.

High School Science Class Departmental Visits
an opportunity to visit NC State’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. Hear about classes, research, nuclear careers, tour lab(s) including our PULSTAR research reactor.

Merit Badge
Saturday events to introduce nuclear science and technologies. Occurs during the academic semesters. Dates for each event announced at start of fall semester.


Science Teachers’ Workshop in Nuclear Engineering
Two-day workshop for science teachers (e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science) on nuclear science & technology topics. Includes visit to PULSTAR research reactor, hands-on lab and nuclear engineering education/career review. Research topic alternates each summer workshop. Past topics included fission reactor engineering, radiation detection & shielding, plasma science and engineering & fusion energy.

Second day involves a visit to an industrial nuclear facility such as Duke Energy’s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant or GE-Hitachi’s Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility.

  • Each July, additional information & application forthcoming
  • 2.0 CEU credits provided


“Our Nuclear World” Educator Workshops
1.5 to 2.0 hour long workshops on nuclear science and technology.