Engineering students qualify for undergraduate research fellowships

Published: May 14, 2008 8:58:34 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Samantha Bird

Samantha Bird

Engineering students Samantha Bird, Chris Ward and Karen Kirk have qualified to receive Auburn University undergraduate research fellowships during the 2008-2009 academic year. They have been chosen for year-long fellowships, receiving a stipend, project funds and travel expenses. Bird, a junior from Prattville, Ala., and Ward, a sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., are studying polymer and fiber engineering while Kirk, a senior from Huntsville, Ala., is studying mechanical engineering.

Karen Krik

Karen Kirk

Bird will conduct research with faculty member Maria Auad to study shape memory polymers, and Ward will work with faculty member Ed Davis to study the controlled release of tetracycline from Hallorsite-POE fibers. With guidance from faculty member Malcolm Crocker, Kirk plans to create models that can predict the rocket engine noise during launch and the turbulent boundary layer flow noise during flight of the new NASA Orion/ Ares manned space vehicle.

Chris Ward

Chris Ward

"This fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain research experience," said Julia Freeman, student services coordinator for the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering. "It requires faculty members who are willing to mentor and work with undergraduates and students who are willing to work diligently."

Twenty year-long fellowships with Auburn faculty are available each year to students who are interested in performing undergraduate research. Each fellowship begins in summer and extends through the spring semester. Fellowships may be renewed one time.

More on Auburn University undergraduate research fellowships can be found at: http://www.auburn.edu/research/vpr/urfp/.