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Minor and Concentration in Nuclear Science and Engineering

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About the Interdisciplinary Minor and Concentration

With funding from the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Professors Folan and Sheverev of Applied Physics, and Professor Vradis of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have developed and launched an interdisciplinary program focused on producing engineering and science graduates who have a familiarity with, and a clear understanding of, the benefits and risks of nuclear technologies and who will seriously consider employment in nuclear industry and government upon graduation. Armed with a solid understanding of the realities of nuclear and radiation issues, graduates with a minor or concentration in Nuclear Science and Engineering would be well placed to consider the many careers opportunities available in nuclear fields including for example the nuclear power industry, nuclear medicine, nuclear imaging, food processing, nuclear-based sensors, non destructive testing as well as governmental organizations that oversee and regulate the nuclear industry, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

By either making use of the elective courses available in their program, or by taking some additional courses, students may obtain an Interdisciplinary Minor or Concentration in Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, in conjunction with a “traditional” degree, majoring in civil, chemical and biological, computer, electrical, financial and risk, or mechanical engineering, or the physical or computational sciences (all are majors currently offered by the School of Engineering).

The concentration consists of 3 courses to be taken typically during the junior and senior years of study.

The minor consists of the concentration (three courses listed above) plus two additional electives selected from the approved elective courses listed below. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required in the courses to earn the minor.

Approved elective courses for the minor include:

Scholarship Opportunities for Students Choosing Careers in Nuclear

American Nuclear Society |

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) offers more than 20 scholarships named after pioneers and leaders in nuclear science and technology. Applicants must be ANS members and seek sponsorship from local chapter. Awarded each year to students with outstanding academic achievement, the average scholarship is $2,000. Special scholarships ($4,000) are available to students who have significant financial need.

Dominion Energy | diversity scholarship website

Government Agencies

As an institution, the School of Engineering will seek scholarship funds from the Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Labor, NSF and other federal sources. Pending authorization, these federal scholarship opportunities will be announced and awarded to students on a competitive basis.

National Academy for Nuclear Training |

The National Academy for Nuclear Training awards undergraduate scholarships to engineering students with demonstrated interest in careers in the nuclear power industry. Approximately 120 scholarships, $2,500 each, are awarded annually, and can be renewed for up to two years. Students must a) be rising juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0; b) complete an internship at nuclear power facility; and c) obtain a recommendation from their supervisor at the power plant. Applications are available in April and due date is early July. The program is administered by Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), with scholarship funding provided by the member utilities.

Other Private Sources

The Roy G. Post Foundation is one example of a non-profit corporation that provides scholarships to students to develop careers in the safe management of nuclear materials.

Support for Advanced Degrees

There are added educational benefits in a career at nuclear power facilities. Many energy companies will cover the cost of tuition for employees who pursue an advanced degree.

Employers and Internship Providers in Nuclear Industries and Government

Please note: all employees of a nuclear plant must be "badged" to work at the station. This process includes, but is not limited to, passing General Employee Training with an 80% or better, fitness-for-duty drug and alcohol screening, and a background check.

Brookhaven National Laboratory | research internship web site

Liaison: Terrance Buck,, 631-344-8715
General Information: Student would work on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory. We are located in Upton, NY which is on the east end of Long Island.

The Laboratory is about 30 minutes west of the Hamptons. We like for our interns to have a 2.8 or better GPA. We generally take sophomores, juniors and seniors. We also accept graduate students looking for internships. Compensation is based on the student's level of education. Housing for students is available on site. Most of the students travel by bicycles, which the department issues.

This is one of many national laboratories to which you can apply. To explore other opportunities, go to the US Department of Energy website (SULI).

Dominion Energy | careers at Dominion

Liaison: Clint Gladding,, 860-444-5310
General Information: Dominion operates four nuclear plants. Kewaunee Power Station in Carlton, WI, Millstone Power Station in Waterford, CT, North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, VA and Surry Power Station in Surry County, VA.

Internships are usually arranged as part of the Diversity Scholarship Program. All applicants must currently have a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale. All applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student for the current academic year at an accredited 4-year college or university. At the time of applying, applicants must be either a college freshman or sophomore. Acceptance of a scholarship requires that the applicant commit to a paid 10-12 week intern work session during the summer. This work session is contingent upon satisfactory completion of normal pre-employment requirements. Scholarship awards will be subject to the receipt of the applicant's final grades for the current school year and satisfactory completion of the summer work session.

Applications must be postmarked by December 1 (late applications will not be processed). All applications will be reviewed by a panel, and the panel will conduct interviews for selected candidates. Applications should be returned to: Dominion HR Strategic Staffing, Attn: Diversity Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 26666, Richmond, VA 23261. All scholarship recipients will be announced by March 1.

Entergy Nuclear | college career opportunities

Liaison: John Wheeler,, 769-232-8105
General Information: Entergy Nuclear operates 10 nuclear plants, including the Indian Point plant in Westchester County, NY.

Exelon | view internship positions

Liaison: Tricia Joyner,, (630) 657 4156
General Information: Exelon has students work at our 10 Nuclear Plants and our 2 corporate offices. Exelon plants include the Oyster Creek station in Ocean County, NJ; the Limerick plant outside Philadelphia, PA; and other plants in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Internships are offered primarily to Electrical, Civil, Nuclear and Mechanical majors, and academic status is not a primary selection criterion. However, we pay based on a student’s status. They also receive a housing allowance if their permanent address is more than 50 miles from the work location. We do give students housing options but they can obtain housing on their own. We hire in the fall of the previous year.

Public Service Enterprise Group | view internship positions (Select "All" under Location and "University Recruiting" under Job Function.)

Liaison: Mike Ambrosino,, (856) 339-2133
General Information: PSEG operates or oversees three nuclear plants. The Salem and Hope Creek plants in Salem County, NJ and the Peach Bottom plant in Delta, PA.

We recruit students in most science and engineering majors and prefer students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major. We prefer "junior" level students but will accept engineering students who have taken courses specific to their major (i.e. statics, fluids, thermodynamics, etc.). Many co-op and internship positions are filled through on-campus recruiting activities. Students should come to the event with their cover letter and resume. By attending college job fairs, we are able to meet the students and talk to them about our company and their career interests. Based on the number of positions we are filling and the quality of the candidates, we have, in the past, extended "on-the-spot" offers. There is no public transportation serving the Salem County plants so students should arrange their own transportation for the duration of the internship. The hourly pay for an undergraduate intern is in the $20 range.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission | apply online | more information

Contact: Peggy Etheridge,
General Information: The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements. Most of the job opportunities are at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD. Limited opportunities exist in NRC regional offices: King of Prussia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Lisle, IL; and Arlington, TX.

The salary is determined by locality, discipline, grade point average (GPA), and amount of semester hours completed. For example, 30 through 89 semester hours completed the range is $13.72-$14.41 per hour. For 90 semester hours or more completed $15.35-$16.12 per hour. Applicants must be United States Citizens, attending an accredited college or university and pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree. A 2.85 or better grade point average based on a 4.0 scale is required, as is enrollment in the University's Cooperative Education Program. Candidates must be able to work for the NRC for a total of 640 hours prior to meeting graduation requirements. Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria: grade point average (GPA), academic honors (i.e., Dean List), awards (i.e., scholarships), extracurricular activities (i.e., student associations), and interview.

The Nuclear Energy Institute maintains a list of internship providers in the energy sector, and additional internship and employment opportunities are provided by:

Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (
General Dynamics Electric Boat (

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