SUMTER, S.C. (courtesy morris.edu) — Morris College is the recipient of a $410,000 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) grant that will help prepare students for a Plutonium Modernization Program (PuMP) at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. This funding opportunity will help Morris College enhance the technological infrastructure of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ STEM Program. Funds will be utilized to acquire new scientific equipment and technology and for upgrading existing equipment used to provide hands-on training and understanding the Plutonium Modernization process. Ten students who participate in this experience will receive scholarships totaling $15,000 per year. Morris College will provide student training and continuity that will help Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) reach its Plutonium Modernization goals.
This program will enable Morris students to obtain the skills and credentials most needed by regional and national nuclear programs, thus providing NNSA with an opportunity to attract skilled employees needed for the Plutonium Modernization Program. The program will provide future employment opportunities for HBCU students and will serve to forge a new pipeline leading to qualified workers that support the established nuclear workforce demand.
Essentially, this project will serve to recruit, train, and develop students to work in roles that support the area of the PuMP. President Leroy Staggers said, “this funding will greatly assist students in enhancing this college.”
Dr. Radman Ali, Professor and Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, will direct the PuMP Project, Drs. John Day (a physicist) and David Magnin (a chemist) will teach the course they designed specifically for the project.