A pair of young fusion researchers will be working with the support of the Department of Energy as they work on graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Carson Cook and Lauren Garrison were among 150 graduate students tapped this summer for Department of Energy Graduate Fellowships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, providing them with $50,500 each year for as many as three years to cover tuition, living expenses and research materials and travel.
"This opens up more opportunities," said Garrison, a Charleston, Ill., native who just finished her master's degree in UW-Madison's nuclear and engineering physics program. "There's the added benefit of a research allowance, which is support for supplies and traveling to conferences -- things that wouldn't be covered by a teaching assistant or research assistant position."
The two UW-Madison students were selected from more than 3,000 applicants.