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MIT graduate student awarded Department of Energy fellowship

Other Physics PhD students who are current DOE CSG Fellows: Emily Crabb, Nicholas Rivera, and Annie Wei.

DOE CSGF / Krell Institute
Ames, Iowa
September 14, 2018

Kaley Brauer
Photo: Patrick Braun
Kaley Brauer
Photo: Patrick Braun

Kaley Brauer, a doctoral candidate in Prof. Anna Frebel’s research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) to support her research into Astrophysics.

Brauer, from College Station, TX, received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Brown University. Fewer than 6 percent of applicants are chosen for the fellowship each year.

The DOE CSGF, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Each year, the program grants fellowships to support doctoral students whose education and research focus on using high-performance computers to solve complex science and engineering problems of national importance. Since it was launched in 1991, the DOE CSGF has supported 456 students at more than 65 universities.

DOE CSGF students receive full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend and academic allowance, renewable for up to four years. In return, recipients must complete courses in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics. They also must perform a three-month research practicum at one of 21 DOE laboratories or sites across the country.

Brauer joins a group of 25 first-year fellows in 2017, bringing the total number of current DOE CSGF recipients to 84 students in 21 states.

The fellowship and related practicum experiences are effective workforce recruitment tools for the national laboratories. Nearly a quarter of all DOE CSGF alumni currently work or have worked in a DOE lab setting. Others pursue careers in academia, industry or government, where they introduce and advocate for computational science as a tool for discovery.

For more information on the DOE CSGF, contact the Krell Institute at 515-956-3696 or visit