The mission of the NSE Communication Lab is to empower students to become confident and effective communicators.

By offering content-specific support in written, oral, and visual communication, we help NSE students build the skills necessary to help spread knowledge in research, advocate for innovative endeavors, and educate the public in areas of nuclear science and technology.

Modeled in 2014 after the Biological Engineering Department’s successful communication lab, the NSE Communication Lab offers writing and speaking support for scientists, by scientists. It relies on a peer-coaching model, in which specially selected NSE graduate students are trained to become exceptional communication coaches. They work one-on-one with NSE clients, providing guidance and assistance for all NSE department members in the effective creation of any and all forms of written and oral communication used by modern scientists. These include, but are not limited to, scientific journal articles, conference presentations, course materials, lab reports, research posters, theses, and job applications. The NSE Communication Lab also offers support to graduate students preparing for the NSE doctoral qualifying exam. The lab currently has two locations on campus: 24-216 and NW16-130.

Courses supported by the NSE Communication Lab:

  • 22.01 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Ionizing Radiation
  • 22.033/22.33 Nuclear Systems Design Project
  • 22.04 Social Problems of Nuclear Energy
  • 22.09/90 Principles of Nuclear Radiation Measurement and Protection
  • 22.THT Undergraduate Thesis Tutorial
  • 22.16 Nuclear Technology and Society
  • 22.74 Radiation Damage and Effects in Nuclear Materials
  • 22.911 and 22.912 Seminar in Nuclear Science and Engineering