Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced more than $47 million in scholarships, fellowships, research grants and university research reactor upgrades to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry. The 143 awards announced under the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Programs and Integrated University Program will support nuclear energy R&D and student investment at 46 colleges and universities around the country.
“We must invest in the next generation of American scientists and engineers in order to fulfill our commitment to restarting America’s nuclear industry and making sure that America stays competitive in the 21st century,” said Secretary Chu.
Training and Educating the Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Leaders
Through the Integrated University Program, the Energy Department is awarding $5 million for 39 undergraduate scholarships and 31 graduate fellowships to students in nuclear energy-related engineering and science programs at universities across the country. With the support of this program, 70 students will receive financial support to pursue a degree in the nuclear field and gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed in a nuclear science and engineering career. Undergraduate students will receive a $5,000 scholarship, while fellowship winners will receive $50,000 annually over the next three years in addition to a summer internship at a National Laboratory. The selected students will study a breadth of critical nuclear energy issues, from fuel cycle sustainability to reactor efficiency and design.
Find a full list of the student fellowships and scholarships announced today HERE.
Enhancing University Research Reactor Capabilities
As part of theannouncements, the Energy Department is also awarding $6 million to 23 colleges and universities through the Nuclear Energy University Programs to support research reactor infrastructure improvements, ensuring that American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate and train the next generation of industry leaders. These awards will help upgrade the country’s existing fleet of research reactors and support equipment and infrastructure improvements, making these reactors more efficient and in line with industry advances.
Find a full list of the 26 research reactor infrastructure awards announced today HERE.
Supporting University-Led Research and Development Projects
Through this announcement, the Energy Department is awarding $36.2 million to support 47 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects to advance innovation in four fields: Fuel Cycle Research & Development; Reactor Concepts Research, Development & Demonstration; Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation; and Transformative Research.
These projects, selected for negotiation of award, are led by 32 American universities and colleges in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Other universities, industry leaders and National Laboratories will serve as collaborators and research partners. These include: