h3>DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
The Medical/Health – Nuclear Physics Laboratory is a research and student research training facility for developing and applying new techniques for effective monitoring of safe radiation levels affecting living organisms in many workplace environments including nuclear power plants, medical diagnostic and treatment facilities, food processing plants, homeland security, etc.
Selected students will participate in fundamental research impacting all three areas as specified above. Besides mastering the basic dosimetry and radiation detection skills developed within the curriculum, participating students will apply these skills in the process of basic and applied research. Additional capabilities in Monte Carlo simulation studies in nuclear medicine, etc., will also be developed.
The objective is to develop students that can pursue these studies at a higher level, eventually transitioning into professionals in all the diverse areas where nuclear and radiation safety and treatments are vital. The advanced training received by selected students, developed within the context of performing basic and applied research in medical/health – nuclear physics,
will produce uniquely trained students able to enter the workforce in diverse areas such as nuclear facilities, government laboratories, medical diagnostic and treatment facilities, food processing plants, space exploration, etc. These students may also pursue this advanced training as a stepping stone to careers as oncologists, radiation therapists, etc., within the medical profession.