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Five chemical engineering graduate students have won prestigious federal fellowships.

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Federal Fellowship winners (left to right), Laura Quock, Matt Traylor, Erin Gallagher, Eric Sacia and Christy Roche.

May 13, 2010

Erin Gallagher (Clark Group), Laura Quock (Schaffer Group) and Eric Sacia (Bell Group) have earned National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Christy Roche (Clark Group) has won a Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship, and Matthew Traylor (Clark Group) will be a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar.

The NSF and DOE awards provide annual stipends and travel allowances of $30,000 or more for students to continue their studies. Traylor’s Fulbright award also provides roughly $30,000 to fund a year in Australia where he will work in Brisbane on biologically-based techniques to mitigate DDT pollution, as well as start a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter at the University of Queensland.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program “helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.”

The Department of Energy Office of Science “supports the training of scientists and engineers to prepare them for careers in fields that will make significant contributions in the areas of discovery-driven science and science for national needs in energy, environment and national security.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

Says Quock, “The NSF’s invaluable support and recognition has given me the hope and confidence that I can make significant contributions to science in the future.”

Adds Sacia, “Being honored as an NSF fellow has not only helped to unlock doors to future opportunities due to its prestige, but it will also help me to explore new scientific areas due to the funding it has provided.”

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