Four Graduate Students Will Join the Fellowship in Fall 2021

Ames, Iowa
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Two graduate students in materials, one in physics and a fourth in physics with an emphasis on pulsed power devices will join the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA LRGF) this fall.

The students, comprising the program’s fourth set of fellows, attend the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego.

The DOE NNSA LRGF connects laboratory scientists with professors and students working in fields relevant to stewardship of the nation’s nuclear stockpile, fostering collaborative research relationships. The program strengthens these laboratory-university links through an unusual provision: Fellows work and study in residence at one or more of four approved DOE NNSA facilities for a minimum of two 12-week periods.

Members of the 2021-22 incoming fellowship cohort, their subject areas, universities and residency locations are:

Alexander Kavner
University of Michigan
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brianna MacNider
University of California, San Diego
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Brian Rodgers
Colorado School of Mines
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brendan Sporer
University of Michigan
Physics/Pulsed Power
Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico

The fellowship provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in fields of study that address complex science and engineering problems critical to stewardship science.

Program guidelines encourage laboratory stays beyond the minimum two visits, up to or including pursuit of thesis studies at a chosen site. This residency requirement opens compelling research opportunities to students and their advisors, including access to unique DOE NNSA experimental and computing facilities.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration supports the fellowship to train scientists vital to meeting U.S. workforce needs in advanced science and engineering.

Additional details for each fellow will be available via the program's online directory in September. Meanwhile, please contact us for further information.