Student Recruitment - Graduate Research - Professional Education


The various project activities CRESP undertakes are designed to attract and train people interested in careers in nuclear waste management. This includes opportunities at undergraduate and graduate degree levels as well as for continuing professional education related to nuclear waste management. Specifically, the Consortium:

  • Develops courses and curricula
  • Recruits students
  • Develops student summer research and internship programs
  • Trains students at the Master (MS, MEng), Doctoral (PhD) and postdoctoral levels
  • Establishes an early career program
  • Provides workshops, seminars and other continuing education opportunities

CRESP Early Career Program

CRESP funds approximately 20 early career researchers, which we define as PhD students and postdocs. In addition, there are MS and undergraduate students, and other affiliated PhD students and postdocs who participate in the community. (More soon)

Graduate Student Support

Stefani Kocevska, Georgia Tech

Read more about Stefani Kocevska, in this Student Highlight

The following universities provide support for postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students working on CRESP projects:

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Howard University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Texas Tech University

CRESP Student Dissertations and Master’s Theses

Ault, T 2017, A Comparison of the Environment, Health, And Safety Characteristics of Advanced Thorium-Uranium and Uranium-Plutonium Fuel Cycles, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Bareither, CA 2010, Compression behavior of solid waste, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Branch, J 2018, Impact of Aging in the Presence of Reactive Gases on Cementitious Waste Forms and Barriers, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Brown, K 2008, Life-Cycle Risk Analysis for Department of Energy (DOE) Buried Wastes, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Bu, J 2016, Molecular scale interactions between hydrated cement phases and radionuclides using molecular dynamics modeling, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Bytwerk, D 2011, Foliar interception and uptake of 36Cl by crops, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University.

Caffrey, E 2013, Improvements in the Dosimetric Models of Selected Benthic Organisms, Master’s Thesis, Oregon State University.

Chen, J 2015, Compatibility of geosynthetic clay liners with leachate from CCP management facilities, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Commolli, M 2014, Comparison of dosimetric modeling of the International Commission on Radiological Protection trout reference animal, Master’s Thesis, Oregon State University. 

Duncan, LL 2017, Regional and Local Hydrologic Responses to Climate Fluctuations and Land Use Change, Columbia River Basin, Washington, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University. 

Eun, J 2014, Volatile organic compound and methane transport through composite barriers with co-extruded geomembrane containing ethylene vinyl-alcohol, Ph.D Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Farrell, A 2010, Mass Transfer and Chemical Oxidation Studies for TCE Treatment in Aqueous and Soil Systems, Master’s Dissertation, Howard University.

Fyffe, L 2016, An Evaluation of Safety and Health Data, with an Emphasis on Developing Performance Measures for Nuclear Chemical Facilities, Using Quantitative and Semi-quantitative Methods, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Haley, J 2010, Evaluating the effectiveness of risk education for early adolescents, Master’s Thesis, Vanderbilt University. 

Hay, T 2012, Medical Radionuclides and Their Impurities in Wastewater, Ph. D. Dissertation, Oregon State University. 

Houser, E 2013, Mechanisms of plant uptake of radionuclides, including mycorrhizal interactions  for purpose of refining models and uptake parameters, Ph.D Dissertation, Oregon State University.

Hunter, E 2014, Radionuclide Sorption in Fine-Grained Barrier Soils for Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLW) Disposal, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Kernick, T 2018, Estimating the composition of multicomponent particle slurries using focused beam reflectance measurement, Master’s Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Kirkland, R 2009, Leaching assessment of red mud and phosphogypsum for beneficial use as construction materials, Master’s, Vanderbilt University. 

Li, H 2015, Process Measurements and Kinetics of Unseeded Batch Cooling Crystalization, Ph.D. Dissertation, Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Lopez Meza, S 2006, Evaluation of the impact of environmental conditions on constituent leaching from granular materials during intermittent infiltration, Ph.D Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Makusa, G 2015, Stabilization-Solidification of High Water Content Dredged Sediments Strength, Compressibility and Durability Evaluations, Ph.D. Dissertation, Luleå University of Technology.

McNew, C 2015, The Attachment of Colloidal Particles to Environmentally Relevant Surfaces: Effect of Ionic Strength, Particle Shape, and Physicochemical Properties, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Miller, VJ 2015, An analysis of the viability of ranked set sample methodologies based on the evaluation of Dyess AFB B-47 crash site radiological contamination survey data and theoretical modifications, Master’s Thesis, Oregon State University [2018-10-18]. 

Mishra, P 2010, Pumping Test Inference of Saturated/Unsaturated Aquifer Properties, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Arizona. 

Mlusu, J 2011, Kinetics of redox reactions of hexavalent chromium and trichloroethylene in waste containing both contaminants, Master’s Thesis, Howard University.

Nan, T 2014, Scaling and extreme value statistics of sub-Gaussian fields with application to neutron porosity data, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona. 

Napier, J 2012, Establishment of Concentration Ratios for Riparian and Shrub Steppe Areas of the Eastern Washington Columbia Basin, Master’s Thesis, Oregon State University.

Napier, JB 2015, Analysis of Carbon-14 Transport from a Contaminated Groundwater Source, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University. Available from: ScholarsArchive@OSU [2018-10-18].

Park, MG 2010, Volatile organic compound transport in composite liners, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pierson, K 2011, Comparison and cultural review of biosphere modeling using foliar uptake of Technetium-99 in Radishes, Honors Baccalaureate of Science in Chemical Engineering and Honors Baccalaureate of Arts in International Studies of Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University.

Roseberry, JC 2009, Effects of soil transport processes on organic storage in forested hillslope soils, Master’s Thesis, Vanderbilt University.

Ruedig, EB 2014, Dose-effects relationships in non-human biota : development of field sampling, dosimetric and analytic techniques through a case study of the aquatic snail Campeloma decisum at Chalk River Laboratories, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University. Available from: ScholarsArchive@OSU [2018-10-18].

Rustick, J 2016, An Integrated Systems Approach to Performance Assessment of Near Surface Disposal Facilities for Low Level Radioactive Waste Management, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Sample-Lord, K 2015, Membrane behavior and diffusion in unsaturated sodium bentonite, Ph.D. Dissertation, Colorado State University. 

Sarkar, S 2010, Probabilistic Durability Analysis of Cementitious Materials under External Sulfate Attack, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Scalia, J 2012, Bentonite-Polymer Composites for Containment Applications, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Smith, B 2014, Evaluating Environmental, Health and Safety Impacts from Two Nuclear Fuel Cycles: A Comparative Analysis of Once-Through Uranium Use and Plutonium Recycle in Light Water Reactors, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Smith, C 2012, Coupling Hydrology and for Low-Level Waste Disposal Facilities Erosion Control Master’s Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Spradley, L 2008, A Systematic Approach to Analyzing Pre-Closure Operational Performance of the Proposed Repository for High Level Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Ph.D. Dissertaion, Vanderbilt University.

Stone, D 2013, Site Specific Reference Person Parameters and Derived Concentration Standards for the Savannah River Site, Master of Science, Oregon State University.

Tian, K 2013, Durability of high density polyethylene in low level radioactive waste leachate, Master’s Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tinjum, JM 2006, Mineralogical properties of chromium ore processing residue and chemical remediation strategies, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Whitlow, J 2014, Biological remediation strategy for immobilizing Ag-110m and Cs-134 in soils, Master’s Thesis, Oregon State University. 

Worthy, R 2013, A Systematic Approach to the Evaluation of RCRA Disposal Facilities under Future Climate-induced Events, Ph.D. Dissertation, Vanderbilt University.

Xue, L 2011, Multi-Model Bayesian Analysis of Data Worth and Optimization of Sampling Scheme Design, Ph D. Dissertation, University of Arizona.




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