Nuclear Science Program
With an estimate of up to eight new nuclear power plants to be constructed in Texas alone, the opportunities for individuals with an interest in nuclear power are mushrooming. With more plants comes the need for more people with a broad spectrum of backgrounds in order to make the growth possible.
What’s in it for students?
Even up to nine years before a power plant goes online for the first time properly trained and educated people must be hired for numerous positions. Those individuals include operators, engineers, designers, quality control specialists and inspectors. Some individuals will work for the nuclear power companies, some for contractors, and some for state and federal regulatory agencies.
Current estimates are that the power companies alone will hire as many as 2000 people over the next 10 years. Those people do not currently exist. Therefore, they must come from the ranks of current student populations.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, offers special programs and scholarships to students in various disciplines who will be able to contribute to the needs of the nuclear power industry.
The Department of Physics and Geosciences offers two programs for students majoring in physics with an interest in nuclear science. The first program is a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Emphasis in Applied Nuclear Physics. Students on that track take courses which position them well for entrance into a graduate program in Nuclear Engineering or Health Physics particularly at the Texas A&M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics. The second program offers four courses associated with Nuclear Power Engineering Technology Certificate in conjunction with Texas A&M. Those courses are open to all majors and students majoring in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering along with physics majors are actively recruited and can receive stipends for taking the courses. In addition scholarships are offered to students with the previously mentioned majors who have stated an interest in going on to pursue graduate degrees related to nuclear science.
The goals of the Nuclear Science Program at Texas A&M-Kingsville are to:
- offer students courses that will be very relevant to nuclear science careers;
- offer students the opportunity to engage in summer internships in the nuclear industry;
- assist students with an interest in nuclear science by providing significant scholarships;
- expand diversity in the nuclear industry; and
- recruit more individuals into the nuclear industry itself and closely related fields.
Benefits of Participation
- Scholarships from $2,500 to $12,000 per academic year
- Assistance in identifying summer internship opportunities in the high paying nuclear industry
- Opportunity of receiving a Nuclear Power Engineering Technology Certificate
- Highly relevant coursework with direct applications to the nuclear industry
- Stipends for students taking the courses in the Nuclear Power Engineering Technology Certificate program
- Opportunity to work in a career with a long-term future and which will contribute to both national and international needs for clean, affordable power
For more information, contact:
Department of Physics and Geosciences
700 University Blvd.
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
Phone: (361) 593-2618
Fax: (361) 593-2184