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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 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, and theses.

The NSE Communication Lab is located in 24-216.

Courses that are 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
  • 22.16 Nuclear Technology and Society
  • 22.74 Radiation Damage and Effects in Nuclear Materials

How to use the Communication Lab

We encourage you to use the Communication Lab at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming and outlining. Please note that the lab should not be used for line editing, or for correcting spelling and grammatical errors. Our NSE communication fellows are specifically trained to help you organize, clarify, and deliver your message effectively based on your target audience.

Option 1: Make an appointment

The NSE Communication Lab uses an online scheduling system.

Click here to make an appointment with an NSE communication fellow.

The first time you use this system, you will need to register to reserve a coaching session with a fellow. You will be able to see all of the fellows’ available times and pick one that will work best for you. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.

Option 2: Contact the lab

If none of the fellows’ times work for you or if you need help deciding which fellow will work best for you, please email the Communication Lab at Let us know what you’re working on and when it’s due, and we will help you get the coaching you need to meet your deadline.

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