Department of Nuclear Engineering awarded $1.6 million in graduate fellowships and research grants

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced recently that Texas A&M University was one of three Texas universities that were awarded a total of $5.1 million in graduate fellowships and research grants to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry.

The awards underscore President Obama’s commitments to keep college affordable, expand opportunities for American families nationwide, and promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Awards under the Nuclear Energy University Program are divided into multiple categories, including undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, university-led research and development projects, and upgrades at university research reactors.

“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. “The awards announced today – from scholarships and fellowships to university-led nuclear research projects – are part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to keep college affordable for students nationwide.  These investments in Texas will help train and educate our future energy leaders, while developing the innovations we need to create new jobs and export opportunities for American-made nuclear technologies.”

Texas A&M researchers will receive $1.6 million for two research projects to develop advanced nuclear energy materials aimed at making the next generation of reactors safer and more efficient, while also reducing design and engineering costs. The university will also receive $200,000 to improve a reactor, which will allow the reactor to provide additional capabilities to researchers in the same timeframe and reduce the amount of maintenance downtime.

Through the Integrated University Program, the Department is also awarding three Texas A&M University students $465,000 in graduate fellowships, in addition to a summer internship at a DOE National Laboratory, and two students with $10,000 in scholarship awards. With the support of this program, the 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. The selected students will study a breadth of critical nuclear energy issues, from fuel cycle sustainability to reactor efficiency and design.

Nationally, the Energy Department is awarding 143 awards for a total of $47 million as part of the Nuclear Energy University Program and Integrated University Program.  Find a full list of projects selected for award HERE.

More for information the Nuclear Energy University Programs and the Integrated University Program visit www.neup.gov.