The grant will be divided between two departments to advance the University's research in the nuclear energy sector. Chemistry Professor Ken Nash said the grant will not only go toward research in the field but will also ensure there is another generation of radio-chemists who know how to handle the delicate substance.
"Our students will be able to focus on doing research, rather than having to spend their time doing teaching," said Nash. "That's 90% of the money coming in, is going to go to supporting the activities of students."
Nash said there were only three graduate students at the university when he started nine years ago. Today, that number has grown to 30. The grant will help in sustaining and perhaps even improving that number.