Washington State University in Pullman will launch a new training program in radiochemistry with the help of a Department of Energy grant.
The nation has a growing demand for scientists trained and educated to understand radiochemistry, the chemical study of radioactive elements, according to DOE.
DOE is contributing up to $3 million for a five-year program to train graduate students.
Workers are needed both for complex scientific and technical work to advance environmental cleanup work at Hanford and other DOE cleanup sites and also to help the United States maintain global leadership in the next generation of safe nuclear energy, according to DOE.
WSU was chosen for the program following a rigorous, competitive process, according to DOE. WSU has formed partnerships for the training program with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland and the Idaho and Lawrence Livermore, Calif., national laboratories.