Mines awarded education grant by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Mines awarded education grant by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 28, 2009 – Colorado School of Mines has been awarded $86,400 in scholarship grants by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

The NRC has awarded nearly $20 million to 70 institutions to boost nuclear education and expand the workforce in nuclear and nuclear-related disciplines. Congress provided the NRC funding for a $5 million Educational Curriculum program and an additional $15 million to supplement the NRC’s grant program for scholarships and fellowships, faculty development, trade schools, and community colleges, with $5 million of this amount designated for the Integrated University Program.

The Integrated University Program funds are coordinated and awarded through the NRC, Department of Energy, and National Nuclear Security Administration to support multi-year research projects that do not align with programmatic missions but are critical to maintaining nuclear engineering and science.

“As directed by the Congress, this funding provides broad benefits to the nuclear sector rather than solely benefitting the NRC. These grants help develop a workforce capable of the design, construction, operation and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials,” said NRC Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko. “This year the agency expanded the number of institutions receiving grants from 60 to 70, and increased the number of grants to minority serving institutions by 67 percent.”

The NRC awarded 102 grants for scholarships (2.9 million) fellowships ($5.4 million), faculty development ($4.8 million), trade and community college scholarships ($1.8 million) and nuclear education and curriculum development ($4.8 million). Recipients are located in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Grant proposals were reviewed against specific criteria by a panel comprised of senior NRC staff and qualified outside reviewers. The panel composition was diverse with most reviewers having both experience reviewing proposals for government agencies and advanced credentials in nuclear engineering, health physics, radiochemistry and related disciplines. Each panelist had to certify that they did not have any conflicts of interest for the proposals they evaluated.

The full list of grants is posted on the NRC web site.


Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu
Marsha Williams, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications / 303-273-3326 / marswill@mines.edu
Ivonne L. Couret, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission / 301-415-8200 / ivonne.couret@nrc.gov

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