Four South Carolina students won cash prizes and one received a scholarship from the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness

The third week of October in Aiken, South Carolina is when Nuclear Science Week takes place: a celebration of all things related to nuclear technology and awareness.

During Nuclear Science Week, students from schools both local and distant take special classes to encourage interest in nuclear science in particular and science in general, allowing students to consider a career in nuclear science or another STEM field.

These classes and programs have been so well-received they have been extended into a second week.

This Thursday, the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness held its 26th Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet at the University of South Carolina’s Convocation Center, the most prestigious event of the week.

CNTA held contests for local area students to encourage nuclear awareness, prizes ranging from cash to a full scholarship.

Students demonstrate exemplary projects to the CNTA

The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship was awarded by the CNTA to Ian DeMass of Aiken, Clemson University.

DeMass, a bioengineering student who aims to study nuclear medicine and how it impacts medical imaging in graduate school, was an ideal candidate for the scholarship.

Jim Marra, Chairman of the CNTA said of DeMass: “Ian’s academic achievements, experience in the nuclear field and his drive sets him apart from the distinguished set of applications we received.”

“Ian is an outstanding example of the kind of young, energetic students we need to sustain the nuclear industry into the future.”

Alongside DeMass, four high-school students were awarded a $1,000 prize each for the CNTA High School Essay Contest, the theme being to better understand nuclear technology.

A group of students also won a GoPro device for their production of a video project entitled “The Nuclear Truth”, exploring the myths and truths surrounding nuclear energy.