LSU Among the Top Universities to Receive Energy Department Graduate Research Awards


BATON ROUGE – LSU is one of five universities in the U.S. with more than one graduate student awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research, or SCGSR, program. Two graduate students — LSU Department of Chemistry doctoral candidate Chunwa Peter Kei of Boston, Mass. and LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy doctoral candidate Alison Dreyfuss of Keene, N.H. — are among the 53 awardees announced today. The awards were established to support graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at one of 14 Department of Energy national laboratories.

“The DOE Office of Science SCGSR provides us with resources and a rare opportunity to collaborate closely with national laboratories. For me, it represents a holistic learning environment where we can advance our scientific knowledge and at the same time, utilize world-class, state-of-the-art research facilities and instrumentation,” said Kei, who is working on his Ph.D. with his adviser, LSU Department of Chemistry Professor Evgueni Nesterov.

Kei will conduct three months of research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or ORNL, in Tennessee for his Ph.D. using neutron scattering. He will collaborate with ORNL instrument scientist Changwoo Do. Kei will work on a project titled “Core-shell nanostructures prepared by controlled chain-growth polymerization: Investigation of the formation mechanism.”

Dreyfuss will conduct research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for her Ph.D. in nuclear physics. The award supports six months of collaborative research with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Jutta Escher, who is also an LSU alumna. Dreyfuss will work on a project titled “Understanding nucleosynthesis from a symmetry-informed ab initio perspective.”

“The SCGSR award is giving me the opportunity to develop a new theory for nuclear reactions that will help inform us on how the universe produces the matter that is all around us,” said Dreyfuss, who is working on her Ph.D. with her adviser, LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Assistant Professor Kristina Launey.

The award provides support for inbound and outbound travel to the laboratory, and a monthly stipend of up to $3,000 for general living expenses while at the host DOE laboratory during the award period. The research projects are expected to advance the graduate awardee’s overall doctoral thesis while providing them access to the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories.


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