Prague Nuclear Reactor Practicum
My name is Rose Tenyotkina and I am currently a masters candidate in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies degree program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. I am so glad MIIS was able to partner with Czech Technical University to provide us with this opportunity. Having this scientific edge with my theoretically-centered policy degree will be essential in my future career. It will help differentiate me from other policy candidates. The experience of physically shutting down and starting up the VRI-1 reactor, running neutron activation analysis and studying delayed neutrons gave me a much more in-depth understanding of the science behind nuclear reactors. In future discussions of nuclear energy or proliferation, I will be able to recall the time I held an actual fuel rod in my hand and witnessed first-hand the safety procedures at this research reactor. This practicum is a great initiative from the NPTS department and I wholeheartedly believe that it should be repeated in the future.