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Clarkson Graduate Student Honored at U.S. House of Representatives Reception
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The prestigious EPA STAR graduate fellowship is the only federal program designed exclusively for students pursuing advanced degrees in environmental sciences. The program is highly competitive, with only seven percent of applicants being awarded fellowships. Having served on a STAR review panel, I know that these are the best and brightest future environmental scientists, remarked Peter Saundry, executive director of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). The NCSE, along with their Council for Environmental Deans and Directors, The American Chemical Society and AAAS Science and Engineering Fellows program is hosting the reception.
The monetary award for the fellowship is significant. Doctoral students receive $37,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Students receive a $20,000 per year stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition and academic fees (paid directly to the institution) and an expense allowance of up to $5,000. The allowance is provided to pay for books, supplies, health insurance, computers and other items and activities which directly benefit the students education and research.
Preceding the congressional reception, Shanley and the other Fellows will have the opportunity to visit the offices of their senators and congressional representatives. As part of the EPA Graduate Fellows Conference, they will also receive a brief introduction to Capitol Hill.
Shanley's project was to develop a computational model for particle transport and deposition in the human nose. The major component of this model is the development of a Lagrangian particle tracking algorithm for non-spherical, fibrous particles. (A particle is said to be Lagrangian when it moves as though it is an element of fluid). This is of interest to the EPA because airborne pollutants known to be detrimental to human health (asbestos, influenza, etc.) are naturally non-spherical. Shanley's model could help in the decision process for minimizing risk to public health in high exposure scenarios.
Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.