NSCL's Role in MSU Undergraduate Education

NSCL is committed to training the next generation of scientists at all levels. The faculty have won numerous awards for their high-quality instruction of undergraduate majors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Chemistry, the Lyman Briggs School, and the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science.

More than 50 undergraduate students of all majors are typically involved at NSCL at a given time.


Undergraduate student winds a superconducting magnet coil.

Each year, some five freshmen and sophomores work as professorial assistants with NSCL faculty in their research groups. Several physics and chemistry majors work with NSCL faculty on their senior thesis projects each year. About 15 physics majors from all over the nation participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates at NSCL each summer.

NSCL offers employment opportunities for undergraduate students of all majors (see below for the current list.) These students work in the laboratory throughout the year either in research groups or in NSCL departments. The students gain valuable experience and marketable skills in fields ranging from science and engineering to trades.

At Michigan State University, undergraduate education blends rigorous scholarship with a strong spirit of participation. Studying at MSU and NSCL puts you in a great position for a career in industry — or to obtain a higher degree in graduate school.

If interested in working in the lab during the school year - or over the summer months - drop in at the facility, get an application form from our receptionist and fill it out. It would be helpful to provide us with a resume. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and present a social security card prior to being employed.

Undergraduate Majors Currently Working at NSCL

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Construction Management
  • Childhood Development
  • Dietetics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Family Community Services
  • Hospital Business
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resources and Labor Relations
  • Kinesiology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Arts
  • Media Technology
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology