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Voorhees Receives DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship
Travis Voorhees, a doctoral candidate in Naresh Thadhani's research group at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is one of four students in a new program that supports their studies at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facility.
The DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA LRGF) focuses on Ph.D. candidates working in selected areas important to national security. Fellows will serve at least two 12-week residencies at one or more of four DOE sites. The program encourages students to pursue their thesis research during their stays and to take on additional, extended residencies.
Voorhees, from San Diego, California, will serve his first residency at Los Alamos National Laboratory, researching issues in materials science and engineering with David Fredenburg. Voorhees received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering from California State Polytechnic University in 2015.
Besides introducing fellows to the DOE system, the program will promote interactive relationships that connect them and their faculty advisors with laboratory scientists. These collaborations will give students and faculty access to unique and powerful experimental resources and are expected to lead to employment opportunities and advancement within the labs.
Other fellowship benefits include a yearly stipend, full payment of tuition and fees during the appointment period, an annual academic allowance, participation in a yearly program review and more. The fellowship is renewable for up to four years.
Established by Congress in 2000, the NNSA is a semi-autonomous DOE agency and is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. The NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.
The Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa manages the fellowship under a contract with the DOE NNSA. For more information, contact Krell at 515-956-3696 or visit http://www.krellinst.org/lrgf.