Engineering Students Earn More than $160K in DOE Awards to Pursue Nuclear Programs
September 09, 2020
University of Idaho College of Engineering graduate student Kristen Geddes and undergraduate Tyler Sand received fellowship and scholarship awards through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Geddes will receive a total of $156,000 over her three-year graduate fellowship. The award will help pay costs related to her graduate studies and research focused around the purification process of salt to better understand its chemical properties, melting point and solubility for use in Molten Salt Reactors. Sand, a mechanical engineering junior, earned a $7,500 scholarship to cover education costs for the upcoming year.
The Office of Nuclear Energy’s Integrated University Program offers undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy. Ninety-three percent of students who have completed nuclear energy-related fellowships through the DOE have either continued to advance their education in nuclear energy or have obtained careers at national laboratories, other government agencies, academic institutions or private companies.
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