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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 22, 2005

UI Student Chemical Engineering Chapter Wins National Recognition

The UI Student Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), as well as two individual chapter members, received a total of three awards at the organization's annual meeting held Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The AIChE student chapter received an Outstanding Student Chapter Award, presented annually to chapters showing exceptional levels of participation, enthusiasm, program quality, professionalism and involvement in the university and community. During the past 12 years, the UI chapter has been recognized for the honor 11 times. 

Alexandra Olson of La Porte City, Iowa, was awarded one of only 15 AIChE Donald R. and Mildred Topp Othmer National Scholarship Awards ($1,000). The scholarship is presented on the basis of academic achievement and involvement in student chapter activities.

Also, Afton Thumser of Dubuque, Iowa, received third place in the student poster session.

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