Honolulu Undergraduate Nuclear Policy Workshop

Application Deadline: September 8, 2023, 6 pm HST

Workshop Dates: October 1-3, 2023

The Truman Center for National Policy is hosting a workshop on nuclear policy for junior and senior undergraduates at colleges and universities in Hawaii as part of a project to diversify the nuclear security practitioner pipeline. They are looking for students, particularly women, people of color, indigenous, and LGBTQ+ students, to apply for this three-day workshop on nuclear policy issues such as deterrence, nonproliferation, and disarmament on October 1st through October 3rd, 2023. Dinner will be provided on the evening of October 1st, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on October 2nd and 3rd. Upon completing the workshop, participants will join a network of workshop alumni that Truman is building across the country. This event is being held with logistical support from the Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Pacific Islands Development Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply?

  • A: It’s a very simple application; please fill out the form via the link below (no transcripts or letters of recommendation necessary).

Q: What topics will be covered?

  • A: The workshop will cover a range of issues related to nuclear security and careers in the field. Sessions from similar recent workshops in Chicago and Atlanta, many of which will be repeated in Hawaii, include:
    • “The Dawn of the Nuclear Age and Nonproliferation”
    • “Nuclear Deterrence, Alliances, and Crises”
    • “Proliferation in East Asia”

Q: What do I get out of attending?

  • A: You get a chance to explore a fascinating set of topics with experts. Exposure to material that will be presented can help generate ideas that you can use in both your undergraduate studies as well as graduate studies. All participants will be added to the Truman Center alumni listserv, which provides them with information on internships and other educational opportunities and the latest news and research on a range of nuclear issues. From a career perspective, you get an interesting entry on your resume that signals to potential employers that you sought out additional opportunities to advance your personal growth while an undergraduate.

Q: Can graduate students apply?

  • A: This opportunity is aimed at engaging students not already working in depth on these topics; however, if you are a graduate student who has not extensively studied nuclear weapons, you might also benefit from the workshop, so feel free to apply. If you are already working on this topic, the Truman Center also holds a summer Graduate Op-Ed writing workshop. Feel free to send an email to caboukhaled@trumanproject.org if you might be interested in the Summer 2024 workshop.

How to Apply

Students can apply here: https://trumanproject.typeform.com/to/V83RHRbR. Applications are due by 6 pm HST, Friday, September 8th. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Aboukhaled at caboukhaled@trumanproject.org.