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Six Students Named Department of Energy Fellows

Promising scientists address national needs on energy and the environment

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August 27, 2010

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Six Northwestern University doctoral candidates are among the first recipients of a fellowship awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program to encourage studies in science, mathematics and engineering.

Each fellow – there are 150 fellows nationwide -- will receive $50,500 per year for up to three years to support tuition and living and research expenses. The goal of the program is to prepare top students for careers that will make significant contributions to meeting national needs in energy and the environment.

Northwestern’s DOE fellows and their areas of study are Timothy Caldwell (mechanical engineering), Kathyrn Knowles (chemistry), Andrew Kobach (physics and astrophysics), Shane Parker (chemistry), Danielle Proffit (materials science and engineering) and Brad Veldkamp (chemistry).

"The exceptionally talented students selected as graduate fellows are part of our nation's next generation of scientific and technical leaders," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "This investment in the training of scientists and engineers is part of the administration's continued effort to ensure that America has the scientific and engineering workforce we need to secure our energy future and our continued economic competitiveness."

Support for the fellowship program comes in part from $12.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.