Graduate Student Life

Graduate studies are all about balance. In addition to your course work and research, perhaps you are teaching, raising a family, participating in leadership programs, presenting at conferences, or advising undergraduate students.

Whatever you are balancing, the Department can help by providing you with the information and resources you need to succeed — in your graduate studies and for years to come.

Here you will find some useful links to information about being a graduate student at Penn State.

Academic Advisers

The professor-in-charge of graduate programs will initially act as the adviser for incoming students. Students are responsible for obtaining a permanent academic adviser and designing a program of graduate study with them by the end of the student’s first semester enrolled in graduate study.

To choose an adviser, think about your area or areas of interest — what undergraduate courses were most appealing? Look at the various areas of research conducted in our department that link to your educational interests. Communicate directly with the faculty members who conduct research in those areas to find out what opportunities they may have available.

Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

The GPSA website has a lot of information that will be helpful for students new to the area. Here you will find information from baby-sitting services to paper editing services. In addition, the GSA has a housing committee.

Professional Development

The College of Engineering and the Graduate School offer many opportunities for professional development, from grant writing workshops to teaching certificates to research exhibitions. Take advantage of these great resources to improve your work and gain valuable experience.

Health Services

University Health Services (UHS) is a nationally accredited health care service specializing in outpatient student health, helping Penn State students get healthy and stay healthy. Penn State requires medical insurance for all international students and their dependents and provides medical insurance for all graduate assistants.

Contact Information

  • Beth Huber
    Nuclear Engineering Graduate Programs Office
    205 Hallowell Building
    814-865-0043
    bah41@psu.edu

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About

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself with a strong focus on experimental research. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering, or a doctoral degree. The Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) facilities, including the Breazeale Reactor, are available to nuclear engineering faculty and students at Penn State for research and instruction. RSEC houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear research reactor. Having access to an operating research reactor is a key strength for the department and enables Penn State to harness research and educational opportunities that are unique in the United States. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at nuce.psu.edu.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-867-2136