Benjamin Galloway

University of Colorado, Boulder

When he first considered the subject, Benjamin Galloway thought stewardship science would be rather limited, focused mainly on maintaining and evaluating weapons comprising the nation’s nuclear deterrent. “I wasn’t sure how much diversity in the research there would be,” he says.

Winning a DOE NNSA SSGF, however, has illuminated matters for the University of Colorado, Boulder, student. Stewardship science covers a range of subjects and he’s come to appreciate the variety of approaches available to study high energy density physics, nuclear science, and materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.

Galloway was drawn to the program’s benefits, including the stipend and practicum. He appreciates that financial support allows him to focus on research without taking on teaching responsibilities. His long-term goal is to work at a national laboratory or in industry, perhaps helping manufacture specialized optics for lasers or tabletop laser-like X-rays for plasma research and other purposes.

In the meantime, he’s an evangelist for the fellowship and has already persuaded one student of its advantages.

"I mentioned how the DOE NNSA SSGF provides more lucrative benefits than other fellowships, including the invaluable 12-week practicum,” Galloway adds. “Just listing all of the benefits was enough for him to want to apply.”