Each spring, the department recognizes academic achievement, excellence in research, and impact from faculty and staff over the previous year.
This year, people were once again able to gather in person for the 2021–22 awards ceremony.
Students, faculty, and staff who were recognized are listed in the following, with explanation of certain honors given where needed.
Student Academic Awards
First-years: Adam Buchalter, Evan Brown, Rory Coll, Madison Vandergriff
Sophomores: Cade Abbott, James Carnal, Bradley Moore
Juniors: William Fritsch, Frederic Harris, Sophie Hitson, Marissa Knofczynski, Gabe Lentchner
Seniors: Annie Berens, Kenneth Bott, David Burgess
The US Department of Energy awards undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students pursuing degrees related to nuclear energy and nuclear science as part of its Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). The department once again led all colleges with seven undergraduates selected—two more than the closest other university—and tied for the most graduate fellowships with four. Read more about this year’s NEUP awards.
NEUP Scholarship Recipients ($10,000): James Carnal, Gabe Lentchner, Frederic Harris, Zach Hughes, Eli Logan, Hayden Sobas, Riley Burnette
NEUP Graduate Fellowship Recipients ($160,000 over three years): Annie Berens, Jack Fletcher, Mason Fox, Kyra Lawson
The First Step Awards recognize UT nuclear engineering students for having their first peer-reviewed journal article published. To qualify for this award, the student must be the first author on the article, signifying that the student led the research, analysis, and writing of the paper.
2021-22 Recipients: Corey Ahl, Pengcheng Zhu, Sawyer Irvine, Alex Solomon, Adrien Terricabras, Elizabeth Lindquist Yoon, Neal Gaffin, Samara Levine, Miles O’Neal
The Alpha Nu Sigma Honors Society was established to recognize high-achieving students in nuclear engineering. It is considered to be highly selective, as only the “top quarter of juniors, the top third of seniors, and the top third of graduate students” qualify as candidates.
New Members: Oliver Baldwin, Kailee Collins, Madison Allen, Jonathan Barthle, Casey Corbridge, Cade Brinkley, Cale Overstreet, Nicholas Militello, Bailey Bertrand, Ty Austin, Alexander Choi, Miller McSwain, Christian Young, Noah Marks, Anthony Tom, Lance Drouet, Carlotta Ghezzi, Daniel Fishman, Ryan Tan, William Fritsch, Hunter Salmon, Gabe Lentchner, Sophie Hitson, Marissa Knofczynski, Zachary Hughes, Kenneth Bott, Eric Olson
Departmental Student Awards
PhD Graduate Research Excellence Award: Jose March-Rico
Masters Graduate Research Excellence Award: Jack Morrison
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award: Khian Skidmore and Son Quang
Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award: Darrell Russell and Gabe Lentchner
Monthly Student Service Award Winners: Katy Worrell, Alyssa Hayes, Everett Cavanaugh, Ed Duchnowski, Sydney Copp, Emma Houston
Outstanding Undergraduate Tutor Award: Bailey Bertrand
Outstanding Student Ambassador Award: Libby Smoak, Anthony Tom, Sophie Hitson
Departmental Faculty and Staff Awards:
NE Professor of the Year Award: Jason Hayward and Sandra Bogetic
Research Excellence Award: Jun Ren
NE Outstanding Staff Award: Tonya Mathes
NE Faculty Service Award: Eric Lukosi
NE Staff Service Award: Ashley Nelkin
Outstanding Staff Peer Award: Gina Hale