Graduate Student Spends Summer as GEM Fellow at Idaho National Lab

November 14, 2018

As a graduate student at UC Merced, Jordan Galloway looks for ways to push himself forward and lead by example.

The third-year Chemistry and Chemical Biology student forged a new path last summer through a fellowship in the nuclear science and technology division of Idaho National Laboratory.

“It was a great opportunity,” Galloway said. “I met a lot of good people and, overall, I was able to learn a great deal.”

He was one of six paid interns — and the only UC Merced student — who landed spots at the lab through the National GEM Consortium. The consortium and its partners work to expand diversity and increase the participation of underrepresented groups at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. UC Merced has been a member of the consortium since 2015.

After a series of qualifying rounds, Galloway’s application was selected and placed in a pool available to potential employers — industry partners in the public and private sectors.

He caught the eye of Terrence Buck, senior inclusion and diversity consultant at the lab, which is regarded as the nation’s lead center for advanced nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment.

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