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Welcome to the Summer School in Nuclear and Radiochemistry, held every summer at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This six week program is one of two sponsored by the American Chemical Society and is funded by the Department of Energy. The program consists of two courses, a lecture course (CHE-361) and a laboratory course (CHE-362). Three credits for each course will be offered by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook without tuition expenses attached. The school will cover the fundamentals of nuclear theory, radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiological safety, and applications to related fields. In addition, there are special events including special symposia, guest lectures, field trips to various research facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a regional nuclear power plant, as well as social events.

Typical topics are:
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuclear Power
  • Fundamental Particle Physics
  • Environmental Radiochemistry

Students will meet and interact with many leading scientists in these various fields.

Honor Code:
These courses are conducted under the Honor Code of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Please consult the Stony Brook University website for information regarding policies and procedures governing academic honesty. Students are encouraged to work together on homework and the collection of data in the laboratory, however, all exams and lab reports represent an individual effort. When in doubt about any assignment, especially the writing of laboratory reports with regard to plagiarism, see the teaching assistants, instructors or site director for guidance.

It is mandatory that students are punctual, attend all lectures, special topic talks, symposiums, and organized field trips. Habitual tardiness or absences will result in a 5% reduction of total possible points for the course.

All required work (reports, term papers) is expected to be turned in at the assigned time.  Late assignments will result in a reduction of 20% of the total possible points. CHE-361 will involve periodic homework assignments.  These assignments will be reviewed the next morning by the lecturer with typically student involvement at the blackboard.  Doing your homework is encouraged and will count toward your classroom participation grade.  Unusual circumstances for tardiness on assignments (sickness, etc.) shall be discussed with the Site Director on a case by case basis.

Dr. Louis Pena, the Site Director, is responsible for the assignment of all grades. Further details are found in the course descriptions.

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