My daughter is interested in particle physics and is really attracted to Reed for several reasons. The opportunity to do research and prepare for graduate programs is high on her list as she ranks her college options. When we visited Reed, our (excellent) tour guide was not a science person and didn't know that much about the nuclear reactor. What I found out while we were separated made it seem like it might not be "all that" and perhaps should not be a huge factor in the decision process. I've been trying to advocate against an ED application to Reed to allow her to keep options open at other schools.
So any Reedies or others who know more....What kind of student actually commits to the intensive training program to get certified to run the reactor? Do a high percentage of physics majors do the training and use the nuclear reactor for their thesis project? Is it hard to be one of few (10?) students chosen each year? Our tour guide made it sound like most students can't take full course load and do that training.
Thanks for any answers to the specific questions or any tangential opinions that you think may be helpful!