UT scores big in DOE nuke awards

utlogoThe Department of Energy today announced more than $5 million in awards to undergrads and graduate students who are pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and degrees in other programs related to jobs in the nuclear industry, and the University of Tennessee garnered a big share of the educational assistance.

The undergrad scholarships are for $7,500 each to help cover a student’s expenses for the next year, and fellowship winners will receive up to $50,000 annually for the next three years to pay for graduate studies and research.

According to information distributed by DOE, the University of Tennessee had 14 scholarship winners — the most of any university — and two of the fellowships (second only to N.C. State).

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said, “Nuclear energy currently makes up 60 percent of the United States’ non-carbon emitting energy portfolio. These awards will help our nation’s brightest students have the tools they need to ensure the United States continues as a global leader in nuclear technology.”

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