Student Awards Program in Fuel Cycle Research
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The Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies of the U.S. Department of Energy is sponsoring the fourth annual Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research awards competition for students. The program is designed to:

  1. Award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications and
  2. Demonstrate the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies’ commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines.

In addition to cash prizes, the top-ranked award winners will present in a special session of the 2013 ANS Winter Meeting. Depending on availability, additional travel/conference/presentation opportunities may be provided.

Please note that the application deadline is midnight, Sunday, March 3.

The Subject Areas

  • Nuclear Science and Engineering (including theoretical, experimental, and/or modeling work on nuclear reactions including fission, capture, and transmutation; nuclear physics; chemistry; applications of nano-science and nano-technologies to nuclear energy, nuclear engineering, etc.)
  • Advanced Fuels (including in-core materials and cladding, materials science, in-core instruments, detectors, sensors and nano-scale structures and materials)
  • Separations and Waste Forms (includes nano-scale structures and materials)
  • Materials Protection, Control, and Accountancy (including instrumentation, detectors, and sensors for safeguards and nonproliferation applications)
  • Used Fuel Disposition (including storage, transportation, and disposal of commercial used fuel)
  • Energy Policy (including decision support simulators which may include game theory, economic modeling, and applied mathematics)

 The Competitions and the Awards*

To be eligible, students apply via an on-line application and submit a journal publication or conference presentation that supports fuel cycle research that was published or presented between December 2011 and the date of the student’s application. Papers that have been accepted by a journal or conference but have not yet been published or presented, are eligible.

 There are three competitions:

Open Competition** (with well-qualified, eligible papers, the intent is to award 1st and 2nd place awards in each of the above subject areas): 1st Place $3000, 2nd Place $2,500.

Competition for Students who Attend Universities with Less than $600M in 2011 Science and Engineering R&D Expenditures  (with well-qualified, eligible papers, the intent is to provide 5 awards): $1,500.

Undergraduate Competition (with well-qualified, eligible papers, the intent is to provide 5 awards): $1,000.

*This awards program is for U.S. citizens only.

**The first place winners in the Open Competition will present at the ANS Winter Meeting.

How to Apply

The application process is easy. Go to and complete the simple online application. Then convert your publication to a PDF file and submit as an email attachment to