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05-09-2005

Clarkson Student Receives National Scholarship From Society For Technical Communication

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Potsdam, New York – Clarkson University Junior Peter S. Bird of Delmar, New York has been selected to receive one of two national undergraduate scholarships from the Society for Technical Communication (STC), an organization with more than 18,000 members with a goal to improve the transfer of information about science and technology from its developer (e.g., scientist, engineer, inventor) to its user or exploiter. birdp

“Peter is very deserving of this scholarship as well as the recognition it brings to him personally and to the Communication & Media Department," says Dr. Bill Karis, associate professor and department chair, noting Bird is the eleventh student from Clarkson’s renowned multidisciplinary program to win this award.

With a cumulative GPA of 3.981, Bird’s academic achievement is highly notable. His interests lie in both the design and presentation of information as part of the communication process and in underlying computer technologies and applications such as databases and internet applications. His research pursuits have included work with Dr. Brenton Faber, Clarkson associate professor of Communication & Media, on his Honors Senior Thesis project “Societal Dynamics of Nanoscale Science and Technology. The research is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation. He presented some of this research at a March 2005 national Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference in San Francisco, California.

Bird is a 2002-2005 Clarkson University Presidential Scholar, a 2003 winner of the Ilse J. Shaw Liberal Arts Award and 2004 recipient of the Thomas M. Sawyer Technical Communications Sophomore Award. He was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society in 2004 and the Phi Kappa Phi honor society in 2005. He has served as the Honors Program Multimedia Committee Chairman. At the University’s recognition day this year, Bird was also honored with the Thomas E. Turpin Technical Communications Award.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship and to become part of such a distinguished group of past recipients,” said Bird. “My studies in technical communications, both in and out of the classroom, have fueled my interests in the organization, design, and presentation of information in printed and electronic forms. He hopes the in-depth nature of his studies at Clarkson will give him a competitive edge in future graduate school or workplace opportunities.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson Honors Student Peter S. Bird has been awarded one of two national undergraduate scholarships from the Society for Technical Communications (STC) for the 2005-2006 academic year. The recognition and financial assistance is part of the member organization’s efforts to foster the growth of the technical communications profession.

[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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