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Central Virginia Governor's School awarded grant to fund nuclear science
LYNCHBURG, Va., Sept. 24, 2003 -- The Central Virginia Governor's School
(CVGS) has received an $8,750 mini-grant from the U.S. Department of Energy
to fund nuclear science studies for the 2003-2004 academic year.
The grant provides funding for high-school juniors and seniors to learn
about careers in nuclear engineering, to conduct research and develop Web-
based lessons for other students and teachers. The grant was administered by
Penn State University's College of Engineering, Mechanical and Nuclear
Engineering Department and its Office of Sponsored Programs.
The grant enables CVGS to enhance its Nuclear Science Applications
Laboratory curriculum. The CVGS worked with program partners from two
Lynchburg-based firms, Framatome ANP Inc. and BWX Technologies, to develop
the curricula. "Our primary objective is to provide advanced students with
hands- on research, testing, analysis, and data-interpretation experience,"
said Dr. Cheryl Lindeman, CVGS project coordinator and research instructor.
During the fall semester, students will design research projects and lesson
plans to help them learn more about the commercial and industrial
applications of nuclear engineering. One project will involve collecting
data on the effects of radiation and corrosion on certain materials under
the guidance of mentors from Framatome ANP and BWX Technologies, Inc.
Students will not work directly with radiation. On September 12, CVGS
students spent the day touring Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering
Center in State College, PA.
Framatome ANP provides nuclear fuel, major components and comprehensive
services to the nuclear power industry. BWX Technologies is a diversified
manufacturer of nuclear components and advanced energy products with
operations in ten states.
The Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology, founded
in 1985, serves 108 juniors and seniors from the school divisions of Amherst
County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County, and the City of
Lynchburg, Virginia. Students take mathematics and science courses at the
Governor's School in the morning and return to their home high schools in
the afternoon for the remainder of their classes.
The program is housed in its own state-of-the-art facility and is governed
by a regional board comprised of a school board member from each
participating division. Financial support for the school is provided by the
participating school divisions, the Gifted Programs Office of the Virginia
Department of Education and Region 2000 business and industry partners.
Project Partner Participants:
Central Virginia Governor's School, Lynchburg, Va.
Cheryl Lindeman, grant project coordinator and research instructor
Bill Bishop, physics instructor
Tom Morgan, CVGS director and research instructor
Framatome ANP Inc., Lynchburg, Va.
Brian Lockamon, chemical engineer
Cheryl Warren, chemical engineer
Mike Pop, mechanical engineer
The North American Young Generation in Nuclear, Lynchburg Chapter
Brian Mays of Framatome ANP Inc. (CVGS graduate)
BWX Technologies Inc. Lynchburg, Va.
Kevin Hour, Manager Nuclear Materials Engineering
BWXT Services, Inc.
Brad Vevera, Technologist