Megan Hoover, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University, has been awarded a Second Place prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D. Hoover’s award is in the Open Competition in the category of Used Fuel Disposition. Her award-winning research paper, “Quantum-mechanical Modeling of Divalent Cation Incorporation into Uranium Dioxide,” was published in the Journal of Nuclear Materials in April 2019. Megan’s advisor is Dr. Lindsay Shuller-Nickles.The program awarded 25 prizes in 2019 for student publications relevant to innovative nuclear technology. For more information on the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program, visit http://www.nucleartechinnovations.org.