Nuclear Engineering Student Awarded National Fellowship

Wednesday, July 17 2013


Leslie Kerby, a doctoral student in nuclear engineering at University of Idaho-Idaho Falls, is the recipient of the M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship for Women in Physics. The American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics awarded Kerby the fellowship.

Kerby’s major professor is Akira Tokuhiro, the director of UI’s nuclear engineering program and a professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

The fellowship will provide Kerby $32,000 to cover her salary, travel and dependent care. It will supplement her existing funding from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she interned in 2012.

Kerby is originally from Bakersfield, Calif., and has lived in Idaho for the past 13 years.