WASHINGTON — Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Tuesday that Nevada universities have been awarded a total of $2.3 million in graduate fellowships and research grants to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry. These awards to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno are part of the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Program and Integrated University Program that will support nuclear energy research and development and student investment at 46 colleges and universities nationwide.
“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,” Chu said. “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 Nevada 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.”
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.
At UNLV, researchers will receive $1.5 million for two research and development projects to develop better nuclear fuel recycling processes. while also reducing design and engineering costs.
At UNR, the research team will receive $745,000 to conduct experiments to investigate and develop advanced computational models of heat transfer to improve nuclear fuel long-term storage and transport.
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.
For information about the Nuclear Energy University Programs and the Integrated University Program, visit www.neup.gov.