Students are drawn to the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship for many different reasons. Some appreciate the small size. Others like the opportunity to connect with top scientists at DOE national laboratories. All fellows, however, are committed to exploring the frontiers of physics, nuclear science, and materials. In these short vignettes, participants discuss what attracted them to the program and how it advances their career goals.


  • Benjamin
    Galloway

    Stewardship science is a more diverse field than he thought it would be, Galloway says....

  • Fabio
    Iunes-Sanches

    Attending the program review and meeting colleagues there has expanded his view of stewardship scien...

  • Samantha
    Lawrence

    Stewardship science’s versatile nature is important to her, Lawrence says....

  • Juan
    Manfredi

    Stewardship science focuses on the physics behind the nation’s nuclear deterrent, Manfredi says....

  • Sarah
    Palaich

    The fellowship gives her the tools to pursue her choice of research or science education policy work...

  • Walter
    Pettus

    The annual program review may be the best thing about the fellowship, Pettus says....

  • Mareena
    Robinson

    The fellowship’s benefits give her an edge in pursuing her research, Robinson says....

  • Thomas
    Saller

    The program supports fellows well and gives them opportunities to meet and connect with others in th...

  • Jennifer
    Shusterman

    The program has connected her to the national laboratory system and introduced her to the many field...

  • Hong
    Sio

    The fellowship’s features give participants a chance to explore where they want to take their rese...

  • Christopher
    Young

    Prospective fellows should describe their research cogently and make sure it connects to one or more...