Intern, Nuclear Materials Security
Rachel Stewart serves as an intern for the Nuclear Materials Security team. In this role she supports the NMS projects such as the Nuclear Security Index, Fuel Cycle of the Future, and the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification.
Rachel is a climate justice activist, nuclear justice advocate, and compost “connoisseur.” As a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Rachel received an interdisciplinary BA in Environmental Justice and Radioactive Waste Management. Waste—both organic and radioactive—are centerpieces of her interests, as well as the impact of extractive industries (petrochemicals & uranium mining) on human and environmental health. She has studied, researched, and organized across these subjects from Central Asia as a volunteer at the landfill and Altyn-Kazyk eco-library, and back home to Central Appalachia as a Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) research fellow. She was named a 2022 Truman Scholar, a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, and traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, for an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) youth activist academy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and operating heavy equipment at the UT Compost Facility.