U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Tuesday that Kansas State University has been awarded $291,470 by the energy department for research reactor upgrades and fellowships.
K-State will receive $136,470 to replace its research reactor facility’s control rod drive mechanisms and airborne radiation monitoring system. The old equipment will be used as a backup system, improving the reliability of Kansas State’s TRIGA reactor.
Through the Integrated University Program, the department also is awarding one K-State student a three-year $155,000 graduate fellowship, in addition to a summer internship at a DOE national laboratory.
With the support of this program, 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, according to a press release. The selected students will study a breadth of critical nuclear energy issues, from fuel cycle sustainability to reactor efficiency and design.
These awards are part of the energy department’s Nuclear Energy University Program and Integrated University Program, which support nuclear energy research and development and student investment at 46 colleges and universities nationwide.
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.