The American Nuclear Society of S.C. State University has received a $1,500 grant from the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Engineering Education for the Disadvantaged Committee.

The awarded grant will be used to support ANS-SCSU’s James Allen Anderson Seminar Series. The seminar series, named after a substantial contributor to S.C. State’s nuclear engineering program, Dr. James Anderson, will allow more researchers to visit S.C. State and give informative seminars to students.

Gianni Nelson, the president of ANS-SCSU, is appreciative of the ANS’s support as well as contributions made by the students.

“The support from the American Nuclear Society is a boost for the ANS-SCSU student chapter. We may be the only student organization on campus that receives external funding. I would like to thank all of the student officials who were working on the proposal as well,” Nelson said.

Dr. Zaijing Sun, advisor of ANS-SCSU, expressed his gratitude for the grant and its positive implications for the nuclear engineering program.

“It is very encouraging to know that the American Nuclear Society will continue to support our seminar series. Now, we can invite more topnotch nuclear researchers to the campus to give seminars to our students," Sun said. "We will be able to produce more engineers who are highly skilled and well prepared in the fields of nuclear and radiological engineering. This seminar series will be an ongoing tradition of ANS-SCSU and the Nuclear Engineering Program."

The purpose of NEED is to aid institutions with recruitment activities for women and minorities and to cultivate their educational pursuits in the nuclear science and technology fields.

The ANS is a nonprofit, international, scientific and educational organization. Its purpose is to promote awareness and understanding regarding the application of nuclear science and technology.

The ANS-SCSU is currently the only student chapter of its kind at a historically black college or university, and S.C. State is the first historically black college to offer an undergraduate program in nuclear engineering.

For more information about the James Allen Anderson Seminar Series and the ANS-SCSU student chapter, contact Dr. Zaijing Sun at 803-536-7924 or


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