US awards nuclear energy students

The US has awarded over $5 million (£3.3 million) to students studying nuclear energy related programmes. Today’s awards included 59 undergraduate scholarships and funding for 32 graduates at American colleges and universities. Energy […]

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The US has awarded over $5 million (£3.3 million) to students studying nuclear energy related programmes.

Today’s awards included 59 undergraduate scholarships and funding for 32 graduates at American colleges and universities.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “The awards announced today will directly help support the future of the nuclear energy research workforce, as we continue to grow the U.S. clean energy economy.”

He added: “By helping promote cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering, the Department is helping to advance American leadership in the safe, secure and efficient use of nuclear energy here and around the world.”

Each undergraduate scholarship provides $7,500 (£5,012) towards studies and research, while the three-year graduate funding provides $50,000 (£33,419) each year.

Since 2009 nearly $25 million (16.7 million) has been awarded to more than 500 students, 98% have gone on to pursue careers in nuclear energy.