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Monday, October 18, 2010

Engineering students receive Indiana Space Grant Consortium scholarships

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Betty Vawter
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Five engineering students at the University of Southern Indiana are recipients of scholarships for 2010-11 from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC).

Each student will receive a $1,500 award. The Indiana Space Grant Consortium funds scholarships for students pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology) fields. Recipients are chosen on a competitive basis.

Brett Bielefeld, a junior from Boonville, Indiana, is a member of the USI chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also is active in Encounter, a student organization that is a branch of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Evansville.

Katie Funke, a senior from Evansville, was an intern this summer in women's-health product development with Cook Urological, Inc., in Bloomington, Indiana. In 2008, she completed an internship at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as a participant in the Undergraduate Student Research Program sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Funke has conducted undergraduate research on insulin resistance with Dr. Mari Hopper, USI assistant professor of biology. A four-year member of the Pre-professional Health Cub, Funke was president in 2009-10. She also is a member of the USI chapter of the Society for Women Engineers, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and Sigma Zeta national science and mathematics honor society. Funke spent the fall 2008 semester abroad in Cork, Ireland. She holds the Henry J. and Hazel D. Bennighof Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Scholarship at USI.

Jonothan Kerchief, a sophomore from Wadesville, Indiana, has participated in the high-altitude balloon launch sponsored by the USI Department of Engineering. He is active in intramural sports.

Alex Schnautz, a senior from Evansville, is receiving the INSGC scholarship for the third consecutive year. In spring 2009, he completed an internship in NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Schnautz also has completed internships at SABIC Innovative Plastics in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and Hurst Manufacturing Corporation in Princeton, Indiana. In May, he was a member of a team of USI engineering students that placed in the first annual Lunabotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Schnautz has served as a resident assistant for the STEM Living-Learning Community at USI. He is a member of the USI pep band and jazz ensemble.

Logan Storrer, a junior from Boonville, Indiana, was selected in 2009 as one of the first participants in the Early Undergraduate Research Program sponsored by the USI Pott College of Science and Engineering. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the program provides an intensive research experience. Storrer's faculty mentor for the program was Dr. Ronald W. Diersing, assistant professor of engineering. Storrer is a member of the USI chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He served as vice president during spring semester.

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium awards scholarships to students at its affiliate institutions. INSGC is one of 52 consortia that are part of the National Space Grant Foundation. Each consortium includes colleges, universities, businesses, and other private- and public-sector institutions working to further aerospace education and career training.

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