CEMS undergraduate students receive 2008 Barrett Scholarships for summer research
- By Dawn Densmore
Thanks to The Barrett Foundation and the collaboration of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), seven undergraduate students are involved with research projects this summer. The purpose of this scholarship program, now in its fourth year, is to provide prestigious, competitive awards to outstanding undergraduate engineers who wish to pursue a specific research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. The proposed projects fit within the general research area of the faculty advisor and are approved prior to proposal submission. In this way, undergraduates have the opportunity and resources to pursue independent research, as well as work closely with active faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields. This is exactly what The Barrett Foundation intended when the family nonprofit, led by 1966 UVM graduate Richard Barret a successful entrepreneur whose career was boosted by early internship experiences decided to provide summer research scholarships for four top students in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. This year, matching funds are supporting an additional three scholarships. The seven recipients of the 2008 Barrett Scholarships are:
Andrew Cooper An undergraduate pursuing a double major in computer science and mathematics, Andrew will be using multispectral imaging to detect leaf wetness. He is originally from Jerusalem, Vermont, and attended Mount Abraham High School. On the Dean's list, Andrew is being inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the international computer science honor society. Nathan Dagesse An undergraduate in civil engineering, Nathan will work on creating a formula for the optimal mixture of cob (a sustainable earth building material) Nathan is from Newport, Vermont, and attended North Country High School. Joseph S. Krupa An undergraduate in civil engineering, Jo will study the temperature of fish habitat using artificial neural networks. Jo is from Northbrook, Illinois, where he attended Glenbrook North High School. Joseph Marri, Jr. An undergraduate in mechanical engineering, Joe will be developing performance and emissions models to compare biodiesel to petrodiesel fuel. Joe graduated in 2004 from Green Mountain College and attended Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Caroline McManus An undergraduate in civil engineering, Caroline will work on identifying the microorganism that is the primary cause of Legionnaires disease. Caroline graduated from Hopkinton High School in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Nathan Robinson An undergraduate in civil engineering, Nathan plans to develop a regional computer model of the transportation energy market. Nathan is originally from Naples, New York, where he attended Naples High School. Josh Tyler An undergraduate in civil engineering, Josh will be studying industrial agricultural practices to improve the environmental quality of Lake Champlain. Josh is from Eureka, California, where he attended St. Bernards High School.To find out more about these projects, please see 2008 Richard Barrett Scholarships.