PFE students qualify for undergraduate research fellowships

Published: May 14, 2008 9:11:09 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Chris Ward

Chris Ward

Polymer and fiber engineering students Samantha Bird and Chris Ward have qualified to receive Auburn University undergraduate research fellowships during the 2008-2009 academic year. Bird, a junior from Prattville, Ala., and Ward, a sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., have been chosen for year-long fellowships receiving a stipend, project funds and travel expenses.

Samantha Bird

Samantha Bird

Bird will conduct research with faculty member Maria Auad to study shape memory polymers. Ward will work with faculty member Ed Davis to study the controlled release of tetracycline from Hallorsite-POE fibers.

"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.

For additional information related to research conducted by the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering visit: http://eng.auburn.edu/programs/pfen/research/index.html.

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