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Two U of I Idaho Falls Students Earn Prestigious INL Fellowships

December 01, 2017

Two nuclear engineering students at the University of Idaho in Idaho Falls have been awarded prestigious competitive fellowships as part of the inaugural year of a partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory. 

Emma Redfoot and Stephen Hancock, nuclear engineering graduate students in the College of Engineering, will have their tuition covered by the University of Idaho during the initial years of graduate school. As part of the fellowship, the students also receive a $60,000 annual salary from INL during the last two years of their doctoral research.

The doctoral fellowship allows students the freedom to do research in an area that is of interest to them while fulfilling their thesis research requirements.

Throughout their program, the graduate fellows will work with an INL mentor and their university thesis advisor to develop research projects. Richard Christensen, director of the College of Engineering’s Nuclear Engineering Program, will serve as Hancock’s university advisor. Richard Boardman, who oversees the INL Clean Energy Platform for Integrated Energy Systems development, will be his INL mentor. Assistant Professor of nuclear engineering R.A. Borrelli will serve as Redfoot’s advisor and Shannon Bragg-Sitton, INL’s nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems lead, will serve as her mentor at the laboratory.

“I am grateful for the support and experience that I have received from working with Dr. Richard Christensen and I look forward to continuing working with him and Dr. Richard Boardman, who are both distinguished researchers,” Hancock said.

The graduate fellowships allow INL to integrate students into the laboratory while they complete their doctorates. Both Hancock and Redfoot are looking forward to working on-site at INL and graduating with quality work experience.

“After my first year at the University of Idaho, I have had a glimpse of the expertise of the people working at INL. I could not ask for a better place to be, better resources, or better people to work with in pursuing the nuclear research I am interested in,” Redfoot said. 

A total of 11 fellows from the university-associated Center for Advanced Energy Studies and the National University Consortium schools were selected by INL. An announcement of recipients for the second round of INL graduate fellows is expected in spring 2018.

Media Contacts:
Richard Christensen
Director, Nuclear Engineering Program
University of Idaho

Julie Ulrich
Idaho National Laboratory

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