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Summer Opportunities

For Middle School Students - STEM Workshop
This program is designed to inspire middle school students to one day major in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  Approximately 120 students participate in the program at the United States Military Academy, and of the 120 students 90 lucky individuals get to visit the Physics and Nuclear Engineering Department.  The program is hosted by the USMA Center for STEM Education.  For more information check out their website at:

For High School Students - Senior Leader Seminar (SLS)
There are two, one-week sessions each summer, which gives students the opportunity to explore West Point and some of the academic and physical challenges they will face as a cadet.  The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering will see over 228 students during the two sessions.  Students come to the Department in groups of 40 but are split into groups of 10 to give them a taste of small group instruction.  They receive an overview of the topics covered through hands on demonstrations and some calculations.  Topics include kinematics, Newton’s Laws, fluids, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear engineering.  To find out more visit the USMA admissions website:

For Cadets - Individual Academic Development (Academic) (IAD)
Cadets have opportunities to do IAD at numerous sites around the country and internationally in support of their educational objectives.  The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering has many partners in government, academic, and industry that provide support for these opportunities.  We support an average of 30 cadets per year for IAD travel to such locations as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, MIT Lincoln Labs, the Reagan Test Range at Kwajalein Atoll, CERN (the international particle accelerator center in France), NASA, and many others.  For information about IAD opportunities or contact Dr. Dan Schultz, supervisory physicist, at or 845-938-5009.