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Meet the undergraduates in charge of a nuclear reactor

23 Jan 2024 James Dacey

Reed College in the US is unique for having the only nuclear reactor in the US run by undergraduate students. The Reed Research Reactor has been running continuously since 1968, and today its operations are overseen by 34 student operators, an operations manager and reactor director.

In this video, students from the reactor team speak about what it means to them to be entrusted with such an important responsibility so early in their academic careers. Find out more about the Reed College reactor in this article by regular Physics World contributor Robert P Crease, who recently visited this progressive liberal-arts institution in Portland, Oregon.

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