Nicholas Becker Receives Prestigious Gary M. Sandquist Endowed Fellowship for Nuclear Engineering Studies

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering student Nicholas Becker has been honored with the esteemed Gary M. Sandquist Endowed Fellowship. The accolade marks the continuation of his academic journey as he embarks on his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Utah.

Graduating in May with a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Nuclear Engineering, Becker prepares to continue his education in and contributions to the advancement of nuclear science with the support of this fellowship.

Becker’s journey to the world of Nuclear Engineering took a unique trajectory. Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, he was initially drawn to the University of Utah with the twin ambitions of pursuing a collegiate swimming career and a higher education. Despite having lived in various states across the United States—Texas, Missouri, Michigan, and Hawaii—Becker’s calling resonated from the University of Utah. His decision to answer that call has now positioned him as a rising star in the realm of Nuclear Engineering.

This fall, Becker will continue his research in nuclear medicine—specifically, exploring alternative cancer treatments—under the mentorship of Dr. Tara Mastren.

In the 2023–24 academic year, a total of 14 engineering students have been selected to receive graduate fellowships, exemplifying the U’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering innovation in various engineering disciplines.

Poised to take the next stride in his academic journey, Nicholas Becker reflects, “Since completing my career as a student-athlete, I have developed a strong passion for nuclear science, and I am ecstatic to continue my education at Utah in the Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. program.”