Dartmouth Engineering PhD Student Awarded Department of Energy Fellowship

September 24, 2019

By Catha Mayor Lamm

Eldred Lee
Eldred Lee Th'17

Eldred Lee Th'17, engineering PhD candidate in professor Jifeng Liu’s research group at Dartmouth, is one of four graduate students chosen for a fellowship that places them at US Department of Energy (DOE) facilities for extended periods. 

The DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA LRGF) focuses on PhD candidates working in selected areas important to national security. Fellows will serve at least two 12-week residencies at one or more of four DOE sites. The program encourages students to pursue their thesis research during their stays and to take on additional, extended residencies. 

Lee, from East Syracuse, NY, will serve his first residency at Los Alamos National Laboratory, researching issues in materials science and engineering with Jeph Wang. 

“I’m excited and honored for this opportunity to break new ground on methods of creating an efficient high-energy x-ray detector that supports the mission of NNSA,” says Lee.

Besides introducing fellows to the DOE system, the program promotes interactive relationships that connect them and their faculty advisors with laboratory scientists. These collaborations will give students and professors access to unique and powerful experimental resources and are expected to lead to employment opportunities and advancement within the labs. 

Other benefits include a yearly stipend, full payment of tuition and fees during the appointment period, an annual academic allowance, and participation in a yearly program review. The DOE NNSA LRGF is renewable for up to four years.