Five EEES Graduate Students Win Health Physics Society Scholarships

May 23, 2018

The Health Physics Society (HPS) is a professional society dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety.  Every year the HPS awards seven fellowships and three scholarships to students pursuing related degrees in the United States.  This year, four EEES students were among the awardees, with an additional student winning a local HPS chapter award.

Lisa Manglass was awarded the Robert S. Landauer, Sr., Memorial Fellowship and Kara Godsey received the HPS Robert Gardner Memorial Fellowship.  Each of these fellowships consists of a $5,000 stipend and an $800 travel grant to attend the 2019 HPS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Brooke Stagich won the Dade W. Moeller Scholarship Memorializing Kelly Austin which consists of a $3,500 stipend and travel funds up to $1,500 to attend the 2019 HPS Meeting in Orlando, Florida.   Mara Watson was awarded the F Ward Whicker Scholarship, sponsored by the Environmental/Radon Section of the HPS, which consists of a $2,000 stipend.  Finally, Adam Willey was the recipient of the Roscoe Hall Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Savannah River Chapter of the HPS, which consisted of $2,500 awarded at the Roscoe Hall golf tournament in Aiken, SC, on March 23, 2018.

About the winners

Lisa Manglass came to Clemson to work on her PhD in the EEES Department after working as a health physicist in the environmental consulting industry. Prior to her work as a health physicist she received an MS in Health Physics from Colorado State University and a BS in Physics from the University of Georgia. Lisa currently studies low-dose effects of ionizing radiation on several different environmentally relevant bacteria in Dr. Nicole Martinez’s lab. Her science hero is Lise Meitner.


Kara Godsey is a first-year graduate student in Environmental Health Physics working with Dr. Lindsay Shuller-Nickles. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and enjoys drawing in charcoal in her spare time.  Her current research is performing a lifecycle assessment (LCA) on small modular nuclear reactors. This LCA, in addition to its stand-alone contributions, will be integrated into the framework of a game called “Energize!” which is a teaching tool commissioned by the Department of Energy to educate people about the relationship between energy production and resource availability as well as the importance of a diverse energy portfolio.


Brooke Stagich is currently working towards a master’s in Environmental Health Physics. She is originally form Augusta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Augusta University. She has been interning at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) for about 4 years and hopes to make it her long-term career.  Her special project at the SRNL focuses on evaluating the uncertainty for the LADTAPXL / IRRIDOSE and MAXDOSE dosimetry models.  Her advisor at Clemson is Dr. Nicole Martinez and her mentor at SRNL is Mr. Tim Jannik.


Mara Watson is a Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards (NNIS) fellow working in the Center for Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Radioactive Waste Management (NEESRWM) with Dr. Timothy A. DeVol at Clemson University.  She has an M.S. in Environmental Health Physics from Clemson University and a B.S.E. in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science from the University of Michigan.  Her primary research interests are in radiation detection and measurements for nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards technologies. Ms. Watson loves hiking in the southern Appalachian Mountains, particularly in Pisgah National Forest. She also has plans to hike the 211-mile Via Alpina green trail through the Swiss Alps in 2019.


Adam Willey is in the final year of our BS/MS program; his BS focus was in Environmental Engineering and his MS is in Environmental Health Physics.  Adam is from Pendleton, SC, and upon graduation he will be taking a position at Savannah River Site within the Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP). His research involves characterizing a neutron source for the creation of appropriate dosimetric models under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Martinez. Adam has been on Clemson University’s competitive shotgun team his entire time at Clemson.