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UT Again Tops Nuclear Engineering University Program Scholars List

Ground view of one entrance to Zeanah Engineering Complex.

The Nuclear Engineering University Program (NEUP), part of the Department of Energy (DOE), recently announced more than $5 million in undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, with UT students receiving a total of 12 awards, top among 32 colleges and universities.

The recipients are students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy, with only 61 scholarships awarded nationwide.

“We are incredibly proud of the caliber of students that our program attracts,” said Department of Nuclear Engineering Head and Postelle Professor Wes Hines. “These scholarships are very competitive and demonstrate another aspect of the talent pool that UT cultivates to advance the field of nuclear engineering.”

The undergraduate student scholarship recipients include James Carnal, Gabriel Lentchner, Frederic Harris, Zach Hughes, Eli Logan, Hayden Sobas, Riley Burnette, all from nuclear engineering, and Paul Harmston of physics.

Through this program, undergraduates will receive a $10,000 to help cover education costs for the upcoming year.

The awards also include 28 graduate fellowships, four of which went to UT students Annie Berens, Jack Fletcher, Mason Fox, and Kyra Lawson.

This three-year graduate fellowship provides $52,000 each year to help pay for graduate studies and research. Additionally, fellowship recipients receive $5,000 to fund an internship at a US national laboratory or other approved research facility to strengthen the ties between students and DOE’s energy research programs.

Since 2009, the program has given almost 900 scholarships and fellowships totaling approximately $55 million to students pursuing nuclear energy-related degrees.