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Barrett scholarships provide summer research for engineering students

Release Date: 08-06-2009

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

2009 Richard Barrett scholars (left to right): Johanna Mayerhofer,
Michael Kreigh, Scott Quinn, Benjamin Heath, Laura Townsend, Deirdre
Collins, Karl Hinrichs and Allison Murphy

The hazy days of summer are filled with research for undergraduate engineering students in the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), thanks to Richard Barrett, alumnus of the College and founder of the Barrett Foundation.

The Barrett Foundation is a family nonprofit, led by 1966 UVM graduate Richard Barrett, a successful entrepreneur whose career was boosted by early internship experiences. Aware of the importance of summer research for students, Barrett provides four competitive scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students for engineering research projects. The CEMS faculty provide matching research funds to support an additional four undergraduates.

"These undergraduate engineering students have the unique opportunity to pursue independent research and work with leading faculty scholars in their fields," says Dr. Donna Rizzo, faculty advisor and P.I. for the Barrett Foundation scholarship grant. Each project is approved and fits within a general research area of a specific engineering faculty advisor.

To see overviews of the 2009 student research projects, click here.

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