The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship Award
Citzens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) is pleased to announce that Matthew Presson is the recipient of the fourth annual Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship. As the winner of the 2007 Maher Scholarship, Matthew was presented a $5,000 award by Mr. Jimmy Angelos, Manager of Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs for Washington Savannah River Company, at the CNTA's 16th Annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet on November 29, 2007.
Mr. Presson is a Junior at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, with a 3.5 Grade Point Average. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering, and would like to pursue research in Nuclear Science and Nanotechnology.
Matthew is working on a project to investigate methods for coating uranium fuel with carbon shells. This carbon-coating would create a more resilient form of fuel for use in nuclear power plants.
CNTA wishes Mr. Presson much luck in his future endeavors.
The purpose of the Maher Scholarship is to provide an annual scholarship to a student who has demonstrated outstanding college level academic achievement in nuclear science/engineering.
To be eligible for the Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen;
- Candidate must be enrolled as a junior or senior in a university or college within South Carolina or Georgia;
- Candidate must have at least a "B" average overall grade and a "B" average in science/engineering and mathematics, as a minimum, for college level course work; and
- Candidate must be pursuing a B.S. degree in a nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or an engineering or science discipline that is directly related to the nuclear field.
Previous winners of the award include:
- 2006 - Ms. Emily Colvin (Georgia Tech)
- 2005 - Mr. James Weathers (Georgia Tech)
- 2004 - Mrs. Kara Beharry (South Carolina State)
- 2003 - Mr. Christopher J. Fong, Atlanta GA (Georgia Tech)
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