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05-13-2007

Clarkson University Senior Matthew Williams of Plymouth Receives Levinus Clarkson Award

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Graduating Senior Matthew R. Williams of Plymouth, Mass., was awarded the Levinus Clarkson Award during Clarkson University's 114th commencement ceremony today. He was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on his scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.Matthew Wilson

The Levinus Clarkson Award was established by University founders Elizabeth and Frederica Clarkson in memory of their brother, Levinus, and was first awarded in 1909.

Williams, who received dual degrees in biology and mathematics, was a member of the University's Honors Program. For his honors thesis, he studied the phytoplankton community composition and health in the St. Lawrence River, presenting his findings for two years in a row at the Great Lakes Research Consortium in Syracuse, N.Y., and in Gananoque, Ontario.

In 2005-2006, Williams was part of a student team that assessed the exposure of schoolchildren to diesel emissions and the feasibility of using bio-diesel in school buses in the U.S. EPA P3 (People, Prosperity, Planet) Competition. The team won $10,000 in research funding and earned an honorable mention at the Washington, D.C., competition.

In summer 2005, Williams took part in the Research Experience for Undergraduates. His team researched reaction-diffusion models in population dynamics with the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Mississippi State University. They were published in the Rose-Holman Institute of Technology Undergraduate Math Journal.

Williams received a U.S. EPA Greater Research Opportunities undergraduate fellowship, and was a student nominee to the Mathematical Association of America, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and a presidential scholar for all eight semesters.

He received the Department of Biology Award, the Department of Mathematics Award, the Junior Mathematics Award, the Sophomore Biology Award, the Sophomore Mathematics Award, a Clarkson Merit Scholarship, an Honors Scholarship, a Clarkson Grant, the LaPointe Memorial Scholarship, and the Alumni Scholarship. In addition, Williams' team placed in the top 100 of the 2005 William Lowell Putnam Competition, an annual college math contest administered by the Mathematical Association of America.

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.

[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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