National Nuclear Security Administration

New fellowship brings Ph.D. students into National Laboratories for career-launching opportunity

July 24, 2018

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NNSA's Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship inaugural class
The Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship inaugural class

Four doctoral candidates from prestigious universities have officially come aboard as the first-ever Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (LRGF) class.

The new LRGF program places highly-motivated students in Department of Energy/ NNSA National Laboratories for long-term study in fields of science relevant to the stewardship of our nation’s nuclear stockpile such as nuclear astrophysics, magneto-hydrodynamics, and particle accelerator design.

Fellows are paid to conduct research in residence at one or more of four approved facilities for a minimum of two 12-week periods. These collaborations, combined with unique facility exposure, are expected to lead to employment opportunities and advancement within the labs.

All of the fellows are eager to get started.

Travis Voorhees of NNSA's Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

Working at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a dream of mine since the first time I saw the laboratory featured in a science documentary as a kid.  The cutting-edge research conducted at the National Laboratories establishes the safety and security of the world. I am beyond excited to be able to contribute to the laboratory’s global mission through materials science research. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity.

Travis Voorhees
Georgia Institute of Technology, who will study materials science and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Stephanie Miller of NNSA's Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

I am so excited for the opportunity to work at Sandia National Laboratories. I am eager to conduct research on their top tier facilities and hope to get shots on the Z Machine. 

— Stephanie Miller
University of Michigan, who will study plasmas and nuclear fusion at Sandia National Laboratories
Raspberry Simpson of NNSA's Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

Getting the chance to develop plasma diagnostics for the National Ignition Facility's Advanced Radiographic Capability team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides an exciting opportunity for me to obtain crucial feedback and guidance from the scientific expertise at the lab. I’m grateful to the LRGF program for allowing me to gain extended exposure to the National Laboratories and I look forward to working on one of the most powerful lasers in the world under the excellent mentorship of my lab mentor Dr. Tammy Ma!

Raspberry Simpson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who will study plasma physics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
William Reidel of NNSA's Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

I’m very excited about the chance to study at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I look forward to experiencing life at the lab, working alongside the scientists and engineers, and getting more exposure to the wide variety of research that’s being done at the facility. It’s a great opportunity.

William Riedel
Stanford University, who will study plasma physics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory