In a partnership to foster research and scholarship, Savannah River Remediation, LLC (SRR), presented Augusta State with a check for $5,000 to assist the university’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS).
“We are delighted about the partnership we have with SRR, and we are grateful for their support of undergraduate research at ASU,” said Shirley Strum Kenny, interim president of Augusta State University.
Savannah River Remediation is the Savannah River Site’s Liquid Waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of personnel from a team of companies led by URS with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill, and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions, and URS Professional Solutions.
According to J. Andrew Hauger, professor of physics and director of the center, the gift from SRR will help provide funding for supplies and equipment needed to complete undergraduate research projects in the fields of science and mathematics.
“This support for ASU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship will give undergraduates the opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge that is required for the nuclear science fields,” said Hauger. “So, we are excited to have the support of SRR as we continue to groom producers of knowledge and not just consumers of knowledge.”
The grant was given to Augusta State by SRR President and Project Manager Dave Olson during the ceremonial check presentation that took place Oct. 23 at Augusta State. Olson, who earned an MBA from Augusta State, was accompanied by recent ASU graduate Andrew Jackson, an employee of SRR. This is the second year SRR has given to CURS.
“We in ASU’s Office of Alumni Relations are always happy to see our alumni stay involved with their alma mater, and we appreciate having the continued support of ASU alumnus Dave Olson,” said Helen Hendee, vice president for development and alumni relations at ASU.
Olson said SRR’s continued partnership with ASU continues to support the company’s mission on educational outreach.
“By providing financial support to ASU, SRR continues its commitment to assist in the education of our next generation of leaders,” said Olson. “SRR appreciates the opportunity to promote the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math in hopes of preparing students as potential employees of SRR in the future.”