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May 4, 2007

Engineering Student Wins National Science, Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Sherrie Renee Elzey of Sully, Iowa, a graduate student in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has won a prestigious 2007 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship to continue pursuing graduate studies in chemical engineering at the UI.

Sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense, the three-year fellowship consists of an annual stipend of about $30,000 to cover tuition and related fees toward completing a doctoral degree in mathematics, engineering or the sciences. Elzey's Ph.D. research is focused on applications and implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology as it relates to environmental processes. She is also developing new methods for nanoparticle characterization. Elzey currently is conducting research in the laboratory of Vicki H. Grassian, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, professor of chemistry in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Iowa.

"Sherrie shows exceptional promise as a graduate student," says Grassian. "She also has great potential for solving environmental problems by applying newly developed nanoscience and nanotechnology methods."

The very competitive 2007 NDSEG program selected some 200 winners from more than 3,400 applications. The Department of Defense has awarded approximately 2,200 NDSEG fellowships since the program's inception 17 years ago. The primary goal is to provide the United States with talented American men and women who have completed doctoral programs and who will lead state-of-the-art research projects in disciplines of greatest benefit to the national defense.

Further information on the program is available at:

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