Stephanie J. Wilson, a graduate student in chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been recognized with a United States Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship in Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

Wilson, who studies inorganic/organometallic chemistry as a member of Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Dr. Donald J. Darensbourg's research group, is among 150 students selected nationwide and one of four from Texas universities for funding under the new program, announced last week by DOE Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The program is intended to underscore the Obama Administration's commitment to bolstering science education and to strengthen the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to young students during the formative years of their research.

"The exceptionally talented students selected as graduate fellows are part of our nation's next generation of scientific and technical leaders," said Secretary 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."

The goal of the fellowship program is to encourage students to pursue graduate degrees in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, and environmental and computer sciences -- fields that will prepare students for careers that can make significant contributions in discovery-driven science and science for national needs in energy and the environment.

Each fellow will be provided $50,500 per year for up to three years to support tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel to research conferences or to Department of Energy scientific user facilities. Support comes in part from $12.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Wilson, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., earned her bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Southern Indiana. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society and plans to pursue a career in academia after obtaining her Ph.D.

"It was apparent from my initial contact with Stephanie as her NSF-REU [Research Experiences for Undergraduates] advisor in the summer of 2008 that she had the potential to be an excellent researcher in chemistry," Darensbourg said. "That is, she not only had the intellect, but more importantly, the perseverance and self-confidence to accomplish a great deal in science. My first impression was indeed correct, for Stephanie has proven to be an extremely talented and hardworking graduate student who is destined to make significant contributions to chemistry. Additionally, she will be an outstanding representative of the Department of Chemistry and Texas A&M University at DOE scientific meetings."

For a complete list of awardees and eligibility requirements, visit the Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program at http://science.energy.gov/scgf.

To learn more about Dr. Darensbourg's research laboratory, go to http://www.chem.tamu.edu/rgroup/djd/.


Contact: Shana Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Donald J. Darensbourg, (979) 845-5417 or djdarens@chem.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Fellow with a Future

    Stephanie J. Wilson, pictured here at a conference presenting her research, is among 150 students nationwide and one of four from Texas universities honored with a prestigious graduate fellowship under a new U.S. Department of Energy program to support and encourage careers in scientific disciplines.

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