MIT's International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) courses at the American University of Armenia

Publish Date: Jan 06, 2022

MISTI program at AUA

In January of 2022 MIT's International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) is holding a series of short, 1-3 week long courses on various topics in the sciences.  These courses will take place at the American University of Armenia (AUA).  The language of teaching is English.


  • Prof. Areg Danagoulian, Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Physics, MIT
  • Undergraduate students:
    • Bethany Belleque, Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), MIT
    • Zachary Francis, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
    • Zoe Fisher, NSE, MIT
    • Brandon Vaughan, NSE, MIT

The table below lists all the courses and the relevant information. Go to the individual pages for additional information.

Class Dates Times (Yerevan) Location
Astronomy Jan 10-14 16:00-17:00 TBD
Intro to Nuclear Science Jan 10-21 15:00-16:00 TBD
Circuits, Dynamics, and Robotics Jan 10-28 14:00-15:00 TBD
Intro to Thermodynamics Jan 17-21 15:00-16:30 TBD
Intro to Reactor Design Jan 17-21 18:00-20:00 TBD
The (materials) Science of Life Jan 24-28 14:00-15:00 TBD
DIY Geiger Counter Workshop on Radiation Jan 24-28 16:30-20:30 TBD


Everyone is eligible to participate (some courses are on competitive basis however).  You are however expected to have the following:

  • Strong knowledge of high school mathematics
  • Strong knowledge of high school physics
  • Good grasp of English, as all the courses will be taught in English


Note:  ALL participants to ALL the courses will be required to wear masks at ALL times.  No exceptions!  Those who violate this rule will be evicted from the course.  See below for FAQ.

Please register here for all the courses EXCEPT DIY Geiger lab. The deadline for registration is 1 day before the start of a given course.

For the DIY Geiger please apply HERE. Participation is on a competitive basis. The deadline is January 10th. The applicants will be informed about acceptance by Jan 15th.

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ) on Covid-19 related measures in the courses.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask if I have already gotten sick with COVID-19?

A: You need to wear a mask.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask if I am vaccinated?

A: You need to wear a mask.

Q:  But the mask is so uncomfortable...

A:  You need to wear a mask. 

Q: But my uncle, who knows a lot says that...

A: We couldn't care less. You need to wear a mask.

Questions?  Comments?

Administrative questions: please email Maro Aghazarian and Satenik Mnatsakanyan.

Problems with the web site: please email Areg Danagoulian.

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