Engineering undergraduate awarded Department of Energy scholarship

May 12, 2023

By Tim Schley

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.  — Scout Bucks, fourth-year undergraduate student studying nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering, received a $10,000 scholarship through the Department of Energy (DOE) University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP).

The UNLP supports the pursuit of undergraduate degrees in nuclear science and engineering-related disciplines to attract qualified students to nuclear energy professions, according to the DOE website.

“Nuclear energy is a vital tool for meeting the nation’s bold climate and energy goals,” said Geri Richmond, DOE undersecretary for science and innovation, in a press release. “To ensure its continued development and deployment, we must empower the next generation of diverse nuclear energy leaders.”

Bucks performs research on methods for radiation detection under the advisement of Marek Flaska, associate professor of nuclear engineering. He is also interested in power generation and plans to explore novel reactor design in the future.

“I was specifically drawn to nuclear because I believe it is the future of power production,” Bucks said. “By alleviating some of the financial stress involved with higher education, this scholarship has allowed me to pursue more opportunities while at college.”


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