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04-14-2014

Clarkson University Senior Awarded NSF Fellowship

Clarkson University senior Andrea Westervelt knows just what she wants to do, and now that she has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, she has the means to do it.

Andrea Westervelt Approximately 14,000 applicants sought the award this year, and only 2,000 were selected. Westervelt, a mechanical engineering major from Brookfield, Conn., will receive full tuition for graduate school along with an annual stipend of $32,000. She also will get research funding for three years.

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

“I hope to attend Columbia University in New York City,” she says. “My research will be on the mechanics of cell tissue in pregnancy.”

With her education so far in engineering and math, and some experience in research, this research area pulls together her strongest interests. She also teaches elementary- and middle school-age children, so she knows she wants to pursue her doctorate.

“I really enjoy teaching and would like to be a professor someday,” she says.

When she's not in class, or working as a calculus and physics tutor, Westervelt is busy as vice president of the senior class, and as a senator for the Clarkson University Student Association. She also is part of an educational outreach program in the North Country, working with school children in Lisbon, N.Y., not far from Potsdam.

“We do fun projects to encourage interest in math and science or engineering concepts,” 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.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/awestervelt.jpg .]

[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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