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( April 9, 1999)
SDSM& T STUDENT RECEIVES GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Farrah Johnson of Rapid City, a graduate student in the Metallurgical Engineering Department at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), has been awarded a National Science Foundation ( NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. With the Research Fellowship comes $ 15,000/ year stipend for up to 5 years, and $ 10,500 paid tuition per year. The awards are given to first year graduate students who show potential in their field. Farrah was among the 4,796 applicants who applied, and one out of 900 awarded a scholarship.
“ Farrah is a superstar student, researcher and person,” said Dr. Jon Kellar. “ She has performed research with me since she was a senior in high school, and the NSF Grad Fellowship is an indication of the quality research she has accomplished over this time period. Her research is cutting- edge and has what I believe to be high potential for breakthrough technologies in the area of polymer matrix composites.”
In applying for the scholarship, Farrah wrote three essays discussing her goals for the future, past research, and proposed research she is going to do for her master’s degree. Her application also included her transcripts, and three letters of recommendation from her professors.
Farrah earned her undergraduate degree at SDSM& T in chemistry and metallurgical engineering. She is pursuing her masters in materials engineering and is undecided about going on for her Ph. D. Past research she has done includes looking at interfacial micromechanics of cement; synthesizing magnesium hydrozide substrates for flame retardant studies; and infrared monitoring of composite curing.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 0499/ Research Fellowship RC)
Photo Captioin: Farrah Johnson, a graduate student at SDSM& T, recently received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
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