LSU Ph.D. Student Receives DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

April 18, 2016

          BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA) has awarded LSU's second year PhD student Erin Good with a Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. Recognizing an ever-increasing demand for scientists highly trained in areas of interest to stewardship science, the DOE NNSA founded the SSGF in 2006.

          The highly competitive DOE NNSA SSGF selected only seven fellows this year. In addition to an enhanced stipend and covering university tuition and fees, the fellowship experience also allows Good to perform a three-month practicum at one of four DOE national defense laboratories with the aim of developing the nation's nuclear workforce.

          "Erin shows great promise as a young researcher in the field of nuclear physics," said Assistant Professor Catherine Deibel, LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy. "Despite being only a second year graduate student she has already made significant contributions to our research and I have no doubt she will be successful as an NNSA fellow and beyond."


 A native of Harrisburg, PA, Good earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond, VA.

  • The DOE NNSA SSGF program provides fellows with many unique benefits:
  • A $36,000 yearly stipend.
  • Payment of full tuition and required fees during the appointment period at any accredited U.S. university.
  • An annual $1,000 academic allowance for research or professional development expenses
  • A term of up to four years, subject to annual renewal.
  • Participation in an annual DOE NNSA SSGF program review, with related travel expenses reimbursed.
  • A 12-week research practicum at one of DOE's national defense laboratories: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories (California or New Mexico).
  • Augmented stipend during the practicum.
  • The option to participate in a second practicum at a different DOE laboratory.
  • The opportunity to join a larger scientific community that understands and appreciates the role stewardship science plays across a variety of science and engineering disciplines.
  • Opportunities to attend and publish research results at other conferences.

          The DOE NNSA SSGF is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien planning full-time, uninterrupted study toward a doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. university. Those eligible to apply include senior undergraduate students and first- and second-year graduate students focusing their studies on high energy density physics, nuclear science, or properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics. Celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2016, the DOE NNSA SSGF has supported more than 50 fellows and alumni.


Mimi LaValle
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Last Updated: April 18, 2016