Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Awards Six Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowships in 2011

Ames, Iowa (June 9, 2011) — Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration founded the Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) in 2006.  Now in its sixth year, six new fellows are being welcomed into the program.

The DOE NNSA SSGF provides up to four years of support to students pursuing a doctoral degree in a program of study closely related to one of the following areas: high energy density physics, nuclear science, or materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.  Individuals selected for this fellowship represent a strong academic background in a scientific or engineering discipline and share a common desire to advance their science while impacting national defense.  

As part of the program, DOE NNSA SSGF recipients are provided benefits that include a yearly stipend of $36,000, payment of all tuition and fees at the accredited U.S. university of their choosing, and an annual academic and conference travel allowance.  Fellows participate in a highly regarded annual fellowship conference in Washington, D.C. and are afforded the unique opportunity to complete a three-month practicum at one of the DOE's national defense laboratories.  During the practicum experience, fellows are able to use some of the nation's largest and most sophisticated experimental and computational facilities to conduct their research.

In order to be considered for this competitive fellowship, each applicant must provide a transcript, GRE scores, written responses to essay questions and a detailed program of study.  In addition, three letters of reference are required from advisors, instructors and employers familiar with the applicant’s background and capabilities. These materials undergo careful review by a committee of distinguished individuals representing academia and the DOE national laboratories.
The Krell Institute, fellowship program administrator, takes pleasure in announcing the DOE NNSA SSGF awardees for the 2011-2012 academic year:

Adam Cahill
Cornell University
Plasma Physics

John Gibbs
Northwestern University
Materials Science

Geoffrey Main
Stanford University
Computational Mathematics

Walter Pettus
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Jennifer Shusterman
University of California, Berkeley
Nuclear Chemistry

Christopher Young
Stanford University
Plasma Physics/Thermosciences

For more information on the DOE NNSA SSGF program, please contact a member of the fellowship staff.