Nuclear Technology Management: IAEA Guidance for University Programmes
The IAEA has released a new publication to help guide universities to incorporate management aspects of nuclear technology into their nuclear education programmes. See the IAEA news release.
Higher Education Summer Programs
Through the 2019 – 2020 academic year, NPI introduced the encouragement of K-12 outreach programs along with other traditional requests for proposal submissions from higher education institutions across the State of Texas. NPI received and accepted over $1.8 million in higher education contracts to start the 2020 – 2021 academic year. These contracts included activities ranging from developing outreach programs, internships, technology and equipment expenses, and summer camps.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the State of Texas was impacted financially. Funding was reduced in higher education institutions across the State of Texas to counter the financial impact from closing businesses and social distancing. This reduction significantly impacted NPI and its partners. Unfortunately, NPI was forced to cancel the 2020 – 2021 academic year contracts with its higher education partners. Even so, NPI allowed support for three higher education partners who were able to implement their planned programs for the Summer of 2020.
- “It was so much fun and informative” – Freshman, Waller High School
- “I like the hands-on experiment with the EMF meter. It was exciting to play around with something new and it definitely energized me to participate more” – Junior, Cypress Springs High School
- “Today was a great day. As usual, we learned a lot of informative information but I liked that the activities today were more hands-on…” – Senior, The Elevated Places School
The University of North Texas hosted a K-12 STEM “Catch Up” summer program designed to provide mathematics and science classes for a ten-week period, from June 1 to August 7, 2020. Ten high school teachers were hired to teach courses in Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Physics, Geometry and Biology at the high school level. At the middle school level, General Science and General Mathematics courses were taught.
In its first year, this program enrolled 199 total students across 9 different class subjects. This program brought great success, boasting a 47% female and 53% male ratio, and a 28% Underrepresented group, 35% White, and 37% Asian demographic.