Mason Grad Students Awarded Cosmos Club Scholarships

Posted: February 20, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

Five Mason grad students were recently awarded scholarships from the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.

The Cosmos program provides grants to graduate students at member institutions to meet unexpected, and sometimes unsupported, aspects of their research.

The Mason recipients, their field of study and their research projects are:

Sameer Bhattarai, Environmental Science and Policy, “Microtopography Effects on Vegetative and Biogeochemical Patterns in Created Wetlands: A Comparative Study to Provide Guidance for Wetland Creation/Restoration.”

Jilian Fazio, Environmental Science and Policy, “Behavioral Assessment of the Clouded Leopard: A Comparative Analysis of Reproductive Success.”

Douglas Howard, Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences, “Earth Analogues to Catastrophic Outflow Channels on Mars: A Quantitative Geomorphic Approach.”

Saugandhika Minnikanti, Electrical and Computer Engineering, “Dielectrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes for Implantable Electrodes.”

Kristin Wolf, Environmental Science and Policy, “The Effects of Hydrologic Connectivity, Soil Properties, and Functional Design Elements on Nitrogen Dynamics in Created and Natural Wetlands in the Piedmont Region of the Southeastern United States.”

This year, 27 Cosmos Scholars were selected from a field of 205 applicants. Scholarship awards vary between $1,500 and $3,000.

Next year, the grantees will present the results of their research at a dinner hosted by the foundation.

A complete listing of the 2008 Young Scholars Award recipients can be viewed on the Cosmos Club Foundation web site.

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