SSGF and LRGF To Onboard a Record-Setting Incoming Class

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Fourteen students representing 11 U.S. universities will join the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) and its sister program, the Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA LRGF) in fall 2024. Seven men and seven women will make up the fellowships' largest combined cohort to date.

The DOE NNSA SSGF was established in 2006 to meet a demand for scientists with in-depth training in areas relevant to stewardship of the nation's nuclear stockpile. It educates doctoral students who research high energy density physics, nuclear science, or materials under extreme conditions.

Recipients for the 19th (2024-2025) DOE NNSA SSGF academic year, their institutions and areas of interest are:

  • Matthew Armbrust – University of Nevada, Reno (Physics)
  • Matthew Cufari – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Plasma Physics)
  • Carter Fietek – The Ohio State University (Industrial Engineering)
  • Isabel Hernandez – University of California, Berkeley (Nuclear Engineering)
  • Julian Kinney – University of Michigan (Plasma Physics)
  • Eliana Krakovsky – Stanford University (Computational Materials)
  • Sean Peyres – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Plasma Chemistry)
  • Steven Renfroe – Georgia Institute of Technology (Chemical Engineering)

The DOE NNSA LRGF, founded in 2017, connects laboratory scientists with professors and students working in stewardship science fields, fostering collaborative research relationships via residencies at one or more of four DOE NNSA-approved facilities for a minimum of two 12-week periods, although extended residencies are encouraged. The DOE NNSA LRGF supports hands-on experience in engineering and applied sciences, physics, mathematics and computational science.

Students joining the DOE NNSA LRGF in its seventh academic year, their institutions, subject areas and planned residency locations are:

  • Danielle Brown – Stanford University (High Energy Density Physics); Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico
  • Skylar Dannhoff – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Plasma Physics); Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • James Nichols – University of Colorado Boulder (Fluids, Structures and Materials); Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Athena Padgiotis – Texas A&M University (Aerodynamics and Propulsion); Sandia National Laboratories, California
  • Adria Peterkin – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nuclear Materials); Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Kathryn Sturge – University of Maryland, College Park (Materials Physics); Los Alamos National Laboratories

Together, the two fellowships will support 38 students for the 2024-2025 academic year. Both programs provide exceptional benefits (renewable for up to four years), including a yearly stipend, full payment of tuition and required fees, an annual academic allowance and attendance at an annual joint program review.

Additional details for each fellowship recipient will be available on the DOE NNSA SSGF and DOE NNSA LRGF fellow directories in September. Meanwhile, contact us for further information or visit SSGF and LRGF on X and Facebook.