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UT-ORNL Distinguished Graduate Fellowships Program

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Meet the Distinguished Graduate Fellows

Jennifer Ribbeck

Jennifer RibbeckJennifer Ribbeck is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. A native "Louisianian," she has now moved to Knoxville, TN to pursue a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jennifer is excited about the UTK-ORNL Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program because it allows her to make contributions in the applied sciences that will serve the public. Specifically, she looks forward to working with the climatology group at ORNL. The warm welcome from ORNL and UTK has made her feel at home.



Robert Van Wesep

Robert Van WesepRobert Van Wesep was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went to University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree. He participated in many activities at the University of Michigan, including karate, tae kwon do, ballroom dancing, and sailing. In addition, Robert was Vice President and President of the University of Michigan chapter of the Society of Physics Students. His research activities included work in an experimental atomic, molecular, optical physics laboratory on a project involving Bose-Einstein Condensates, as well as work on a computational physics project at the University of Minnesota regarding catalysis in hydrogen fuel cells. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Physics from the University of Michigan. Following his matriculation, Van Wesep took a year off from academia, six months of which were spent living and working in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently involved in condensed matter theory research at UTK and ORNL.


Tom Daly

Tom DalyTom Daly is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His research interests include advanced reactors, thermal hydraulics, and reactor physics. Tom finds the Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program appealing because it's an opportunity to be involved in a variety of big projects. Over the past summer, he performed experimental analysis and computational modeling of the irradiation facilities in the HFIR at Oak Ridge. The modeling was done using the MCNP code and the analysis focuses on neutron flux distribution and target heating. As part of the Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program, Tom studies nuclear engineering at UTK and ORNL. The partnership between UTK and ORNL offers Tom access to excellent mentors and resources from both institutions. When not studying or working, you can find Tom backpacking, swimming, and spending time with his friends and family. He also enjoys speaking and practicing his German language skills.


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Contact Information

Lee Riedinger
Professor of Physics
Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

Wanda Davis
Assistant to the Director

322 Perkins Hall
1506 Middle Drive
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996