Clemson recently received a grant from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop the careers of junior faculty. The three-year, $400,000 grant has been received by Clemson University’s environmental engineering and Earth sciences department to help recruit and retain younger faculty in nuclear science. The grant was given by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to boost nuclear education and expand the work force in nuclear safety and nuclear-related disciplines.
The timing of the grant is particularly important to South Carolina where nuclear energy is growing. A $4 billion facility at the Savannah River Site is scheduled to be completed by 2014, and the NRC recently granted a license extension of 20 years to the commercial nuclear reactors in and around South Carolina.
The NRC grant is devoted to developing the careers of junior faculty who are in the first six years of tenure-track jobs in nuclear environmental engineering and science.