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04-22-2014

Another Clarkson University Senior Awarded NSF Fellowship

Clarkson University senior Eleanor Vane will be able to pursue her research in any lab she chooses, courtesy of a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Eleanor VaneApproximately 14,000 applicants sought the award this year, and only 2,000 were selected. Vane, a Presidential Scholar with a perfect 4.0 GPA, will receive full tuition for graduate school along with an annual stipend of $32,000 and research funding for three years.

“This fellowship allows me to go into any lab I want, regardless of the professor's finances. I'll have my pick,” the biomolecular science major notes happily. “I can work on my proposal as well.”

Originally from Fairport, N.Y., near Rochester, she plans to attend graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle, so this award opens the door to geographic as well as scientific exploration.

Vane says that her Clarkson research is basic science, but with actual medical relevance. This undergraduate research in Associate Professor Artem Melman's lab and her thesis were about how iron is released from a storage protein in the body.

“I've done a lot of research, but I want to see what's out there," says Vane. "Grad school will give me more experience, knowledge and technique. I know I want to run my own lab and do research regardless of where I am.”

According to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program's website, “NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.”

Vane, whose father attended Clarkson, aims to do just that. She acknowledges that she has been “working hard” and has a lot of high-achieving women relatives as role models. She also credits her experiences in Melman’s lab as essential to her success.

“I definitely wouldn't have been able to do any of this without my time in Dr. Melman's lab. It was crucial to actually getting this fellowship,” she says.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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