WASHINGTON, D.C. – Underscoring President Obama’s commitments to keep college affordable, expand opportunities for American families nationwide, and promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced that University of Michigan has been awarded $1.3 million in research grants, fellowships and scholarships to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry.  These awards are part of the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Program and Integrated University Program that will support nuclear energy R&D and student investment at 46 colleges and universities nationwide.

These efforts at the Department of Energy build on President Obama’s commitment to work with Congress to help keep college education affordable for America’s students by keeping interest rates low on student loans.

“We must invest in the next generation of American scientists and engineers in order to fulfill our commitment to restarting America’s nuclear industry and making sure that America stays competitive in the 21st century,” said Secretary Chu. “The awards announced today – from scholarships and fellowships to university-led nuclear research projects – are part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to keep college affordable for students nationwide.  These investments in Michigan will help train and educate our future energy leaders, while developing the innovations we need to create new jobs and export opportunities for American-made nuclear technologies.”

Awards under the Nuclear Energy University Program are divided into multiple categories, including undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, university-led research and development projects, and upgrades at university research reactors.

Researchers at the University of Michigan will receive $831,876 for a research project aimed at developing new and advanced reactor designs and technologies that broaden the applicability of nuclear reactors. The project will determine the extent to which high dose rate irradiation can be used to understand microstructure evolution at high doses and temperatures relevant to advanced fast reactors.

Through the Integrated University Program, the Department is also awarding three University of Michigan students $465,000 for graduate fellowships, in addition to $20,000 for four undergraduate scholarships. With the support of this program, the students will receive financial support to pursue a degree in the nuclear field and gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed in a nuclear science and engineering career. The selected students will study a breadth of critical nuclear energy issues, from fuel cycle sustainability to reactor efficiency and design.

Nationally, the Energy Department is awarding 143 awards for a total of $47 million as part of the Nuclear Energy University Program and Integrated University Program.  Find a full list of projects selected for award HERE.

More for information the Nuclear Energy University Programs and the Integrated University Program visit www.neup.gov.

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