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Dr. Kathleen Alexander and a University of Notre Dame student discuss research at the 2018 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium poster session.
Dr. Kathleen Alexander and a University of Notre Dame student discuss research at the 2018 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium poster session.
Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs giving remarks at the 2018 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium.
Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs giving remarks at the 2018 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium.

Supporting cutting-edge research by rising stars in the scientific community is just plain smart, and that wise investment in our nation’s future was recently put on full display.

A record number of participants from NNSA and the national laboratories, along with partner federal agencies and academia, attended this year’s Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium. The two-day event highlighted the accomplishments of NNSA-supported centers of excellence and research grants across the country with presentations and poster session.

“This program isn’t just a way to recruit bright minds and new ideas for the stockpile stewardship mission. It also lays the groundwork for future collaboration,” said Dr. Kathleen Alexander, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation in NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs. “It builds communities that will be just as enduring as our mission.”

Beginning in 2002, Dr. Alexander’s office has selected universities to participate in this special alliance through Funding Opportunity Announcements. These grants have funded research and development in areas that support the continued stewardship of our nuclear stockpile. At the same time, the program also trains the next generation of highly-skilled technical scientists and engineers for the Nuclear Security Enterprise. 

Of the 125 student posters, 11 received awards for being “outstanding.” The symposium is part of a review process to ensure that research activities are progressing as expected and are in alignment with SSAP objectives.