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FMU’s Health Physics Department honor scholarship and internship sponsors

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s Health Physics Department held an appreciation dinner in honor of scholarship and internship sponsors this evening at Ervin Dining Hall.

Scholarship recipients included: 

FMU Health Physics Scholarship
W. Collin Baehr of Florence
Drake Brookins of Florence
Tyler Cantrell of Pawley’s Island
Joshua Colvin of Florence
Joseph Conner of Florence
M. Dylan Cook of Darlington
Kristian Cox of Effingham
S. Ashlyn Hodge of Hartsville
Curtis Jones of Johnsonville
Daniel Stone of Florence
2010 Skip Hendrick Scholarship
W. Collin Baehr
2010-2011 US Department of Energy Scholarship
Drake Brookins
S. Ashlyn Hodge
Curtis Jones
2010 Roscoe Hall Memorial Scholarship
Drake Brookins
S. Ashlyn Hodge
National Academy of Nuclear Training Scholarship
Curtis Jones 


Internship providers included: 

Progress Energy
HB Robinson Nuclear Power Plant, Hartsville
Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, New Hill, NC
Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant, Southport, NC
Savannah River Site, US Department of Energy
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
SCANA/South Carolina Electric & Gas
Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station, Jenkinsville
US Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park Campus, Durham, NC
North Carolina State University
Environmental Health & Safety, Radiation Safety, Raleigh, NC 

Palmetto Health Systems

Richland and Baptist Hospitals, Columbia

History of the FMU Health Physics Program

In 1981, physics professors Lynn “Skip” Hendrick and David Peterson founded FMU’s bachelor’s program in health physics in response to the large demand in South Carolina and nationally for health physicists in the nuclear energy industry. Only two states have more commercial nuclear power reactors than South Carolina’s seven. In addition, the state is home to the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site and the Barnwell low-level waste repository. 

The first FMU undergraduate health physicists received their degrees in 1983. Since then, 86 students have graduated from the program. This makes FMU the largest single producer of B.S. health physicists in the Southeast. The alumni of the program have gone on to work in a variety of health physics areas including nuclear power, environmental health physics, government regulation, medical health physics, consulting, military health physics, academia, etc. As the leading producer of health physicists in the Southeast, FMU is in uniquely positioned to assist in meeting radiation protection workforce demands across the large spectrum of nuclear workplaces.


Health Physics Faculty
David M. Peterson, Chair and Professor
·         B.Sc. Physics, University of London
·         Ph.D. Physics, North Carolina State University
·         Specialization in nuclear physics and nuclear detection instrumentation
·         Co-founder of FMU’s health physics program
·         1995 Distinguished Professor – Francis Marion University
·         Member of SC Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council
Derek W. Jokisch, Professor
·         B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois
·         M.S. Health Physics, University of Florida
·         Ph.D. Health Physics, University of Florida
·         Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
·         2010 Elda E. Anderson Award – Health Physics Society
·         2006 Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship – Francis Marion University
Philip C. Fulmer, Associate Professor
·         Graduate of Latta High School
·         B.S. Health Physics, Francis Marion University
·         M.S. Health Physics, Texas A&M University
·         Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University
·         Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
·         17 years of practicing health physics for Progress Energy, the US Department of Energy, Halliburton NUS, Dade Moeller & Associates, and private consulting
Last Published: September 17, 2010 8:59 AM
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