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UVM undergraduate students receive 2007 Barrett scholarships

Release Date: 05-22-2007

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Email: Dawn.Densmore@uvm.edu
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

Thanks to The Barrett Foundation and the collaboration of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), five UVM undergraduate students have received scholarship funds of $6,500 each to do summer engineering research.

Projects include structural analysis of a Shelburne Farms barn, assessment of the impact of water temperature on coldwater fish species, creation of a system to predict the transport of contaminants in building materials, assessment of the impact of tailpipe emissions on air quality, and research on enhancing the stability of soils and sequestering pollutants.

Each undergraduate student project fits within the general research area of an active faculty member and allows students the opportunity to do guided, self-initiated research.

Charles Farmer, a civil engineering junior from Knoxville, Tennessee, will study how bacteria impact the chemistry of subsurface porous media, thereby promoting the precipitation of calcite. His work has applications for both enhancing the stability of soils and for sequestering pollutants such as highly toxic or radioactive metals.

Peter Larson, a civil engineering junior from Hampden, Maine, will analyze the Shelburne Farms Breeding Barn using an accelerometer that can assess structural weaknesses, which could cause the barn to collapse under heavy snows.

Jeremy Matt, a civil engineering junior from Marlboro, Vermont, will create a neural network computer-automated system that can assess processes ranging from the transport of contaminants through building materials to the prediction of leaf wetness, a leading indicator of disease in crops.

Karen Sentoff, a junior in civil engineering with an environmental focus from Liverpool, New York, will use data from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to determine the impact of increased water temperature on coldwater fish species in Vermont.

Iliana M. Vazquez-Spickers, a junior in civil engineering with an environmental option from Puerto Rico, will study how tailpipe emissions from light duty vehicles (LDVs) affect air quality.

The students will complete their 2007 internships under the direction of professors Jean-Guy Beliveau (Larson), Mandar Dewoolkar (Farmer, Matt), Nancy Hayden (Farmer), Britt Holm´┐Żn (Vazquez-Spickers), and Donna Rizzo (Matt).

For more detailed information on these projects, click here.

The Barrett Foundation

The Barrett Foundation has provided UVM CEMS with prestigious, competitive awards to outstanding undergraduate engineering students since 2005. Richard Barrett is a 1966 UVM graduate and successful entrepreneur whose career was boosted by early internship experiences.

For more information

For more information on the Barrett Scholarships, contact Donna Rizzo (drizzo@cems.uvm.edu), Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, or Magdalena Paul (thebarrettfoundation@yahoo.com; 650-444-1874) of The Barrett Foundation.

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