senior in polymer science at The University of Southern Mississippi
has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate
of Hattiesburg was selected from among more than 8,000 applicants.
The fellowship pays $10,500 for tuition and expenses and carries
a stipend of $30,000 for three years, including a one-time $1,000
international travel award.
to attend either the University of Pittsburgh or the University
of Iowa to earn a Ph.D. in bioengineering.
right now. I've visited both schools, and they both have very strong
programs," Stovall said.
she has had a long-term love affair with polymer science. A presentation
given by Southern Miss polymer science professor Dr. Robert Lochhead
at the Mayor's Youth Conference when Stovall was in seventh grade
turned her on to the possibilities of polymers.
is so much room for creativity and innovation in polymer science,
especially in the area of creating artificial organs and creating
synthetic tissues," Stovall said.
The NSF awarded
900 three-year graduate research fellowships to outstanding college
and university students this spring as part of its effort to help
ensure the vitality and excellence of the U.S. human resources base
in science, mathematics and engineering.
graduate fellowship is one of the most competitive awards available
for aspiring scientists," said Dr. Rex Gandy, dean of the College
of Science and Technology. "By winning this award, Ms. Stovall
has brought great honor to herself and The University of Southern
won a Ronald E. McNair scholarship in 2002 and was a finalist in
the 2003 undergraduate research competition for the National Organization
for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical
of Dinah Stovall, who is also a McNair Scholar at Southern Miss
majoring in community health, Kalena wants to pursue postdoctoral
studies at The Johns Hopkins University and work at the Mayo Clinic
before "returning home to the South."
to go into academics and open a nonprofit research facility that
would provide internship opportunities for other students,"
professor Dr. Charles Hoyle said Stovall is both a "great student
and an exceptional person."
NSF fellowship . . . is an accomplishment that few attain. We wish
her the best for what will no doubt be a very bright future,"