DNSE: Discover Nuclear Science & Engineering

Nuclear Science and Engineering is an exciting field of study where many of the traditional tracks of electrical, mechanical and systems engineering merge with both classic and modern physics. Therefore, as a major, Nuclear Science and Engineering is challenging but also rewarding as an academic discipline and in training for a career in science and engineering.

The planned social activities, the tour of the laboratories, the presentation of the research opportunities (UROP), and the interaction with Nuclear Science and Engineering faculty and students will help make your transition into MIT culture smooth.

During the Discover Nuclear Science and Engineering pre-orientation program you will have the opportunity to learn about the multidisciplinary character of MIT education and to experience the research environment here at MIT. All activities are designed for incoming freshmen and will be presented by faculty and staff with experience in undergraduate education and research.

Our desire to introduce you to other aspects of Nuclear Science and Engineering, both academically and socially, will not end with the completion of the three and a half day pre-orientation program. We would like to start with these pre-orientation activities and hope that they will become the motivation and basis for a longer term relationship between us. Our faculty, staff and current students are looking forward to meeting you in August.


Our activities during Discover Nuclear Science and Engineering pre-orientation will introduce you to three main areas of research concentration within the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and its affiliated laboratories.

Day 1: Registration

  • Dinner to welcome you to Nuclear Engineering

DAY 2: Learn about Fission and Materials

  • Breakfast
  • Lecture on fission technologies
  • Lecture on materials in Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Lecture and tour of MIT's Nuclear Reactor
  • Lunch
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Dinner

DAY 3: Learn about Fusion and Detection

  • Breakfast
  • "Candy Class" otherwise known as the History of Nuclear Science and Sugar Over-load
  • Lecture on fusion research
  • Tour of the Plasma Science Fusion Center
  • Lunch
  • Detection and Imaging Lecture
  • Ask the Experts: Faculty/Researcher Panel Presentation
  • Dinner

DAY 4: Time To Get Our Hands Dirty

  • Breakfast
  • Geiger Counter Assembly Lab
  • Lunch
  • Continued Geiger Counter Assembly
  • Dinner
  • Movie night (Loews Theater, Boston Common)

DAY 5: Who Doesn’t Like Dim Sum

  • Dim Sum and program wrap-up

DNSE Specifics

  • Dates: August 21-25
  • Place: First-year students will be housed in their assigned dormitory.
  • Available Spaces: 25
  • Cost: No Charge. The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering will be covering all costs.