SPE issues call for scholarship applications

SPE will again bestow two $2,000 scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation.

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The organizing committee for the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) announced on April 21 that it will again bestow two $2,000 (USD) scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation. Students interested in applying will find a scholarship application form available for downloading at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm; applications should be submitted electronically to accepapers@speautomotive.com by July 21, 2010 for awards to be announced in August.

Donations made by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions are funding this year’s scholarships. Winners will be selected from the pool of qualified applicants by SPE ACCE committee members and invited industry experts. Winning students will be required to report on the results of their findings during the eleventh-annual SPE ACCE, which takes place Sept. 13-15, 2011. This is the fourth year conference organizers have offered these graduate scholarships.

In 2009, awards were presented to Gregorio Manuel Vélez-García, a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, whose work is focused on Development of a New Method for Predicting Fiber Orientation in Fiber-Reinforced Injection-Molded Thermoplastics, and to Zeba Farheen Abdul Samad, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign whose work research topic is Novel Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester (ATCP) / Carbon Fiber Composites. Students will present the results of their research at the tenth-annual SPE ACCE, Sept. 150-16, 2010.