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Department of Defense awards SMART Scholarship to graduating senior

Eugenia StanisauskisEugenia StanisauskisA recent graduate of the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been award a SMART Scholarship from the Department of Defense.

Eugenia Stanisauskis, who graduated in December 2017, was a member of Professor Kurt Koelling's research group for three years. She will continue her studies at Florida State, working in materials science and engineering with Dr. Oates.

"I'm so honored and excited to be a part of the program," Eugenia said. "It's a fantastic opportunity."

Eugenia credits the guidance and inspiration she received from her former mentor and advisor, Dr. Koelling, in helping her to succeed. "I would not be where I am today without you," she wrote in a note to her former professor.

The Department of Defense's Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program supports undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies in disciplines of importance to the DoD.

The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD facilities. Successful applicants receive paid tuition and fees, a book allowance, health insurance assistance, and a monthly stipend to cover the cost of living during Phase One of the program. SMART Scholars who do a summer internship with the DoD are guaranteed a job, and Phase Two involves a commitment to working for the DoD for a certain number of years. 

To learn more about the SMART Scholarship, watch this video

Congratulations, Eugenia!

Eugenia Stanisauskis at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research ForumEugenia Stanisauskis at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum