Photos by Drexel Fellowships and Andrew Pellegrino
The 2016 Summer Olympics made for quite the decorated year for athletes all over the world. Competing on the academic stage, Drexel University students took home victories of their own.
Geoscience student Nicholas Barber ’18, and dual geoscience and environmental science major Vincent O’Leary ’18, were the first Drexel students to receive the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The award recognizes the nation’s top undergrads interested in research, public service or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences. Hollings Scholars receive academic assistance for two years of full-time study, as well as a 10-week, full-time internship position at a NOAA facility. O’Leary hopes to become an active university researcher and educator, and Barber plans to pursue a PhD in geochemistry, focusing his research on trace element geochemistry. Barber also received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which supports a portion of tuition expenses for students who plan to pursue STEM careers or research.
The Rings of Research
Julianna Frangos, international area studies ’16, and Matthew Parsons, physics ’15, were presented with the prestigious Fulbright award. Frangos, who has minors in both French and German, traveled to Luxembourg to gain classroom experience teaching young adults on an English Teaching Assistant Grant. Parsons, who currently works at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (the site of his first co-op), explored the alternative energy source “fusion energy” at the ITER project in Southern France — an international collaboration of researchers from 35 different countries. Parsons is studying fusion energy as a means to rectify the planet’s growing energy crisis.
International area studies student Alexandra Pickens ’17, and dual international area studies and political science major Caitlin Walczyk ’18, received the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship, which provides funding for students studying abroad in areas critical to U.S. interests. Pickens headed to Jordan to study Arabic and work as a co-op with SADAQA, a nongovernmental organization that advocates for a work-friendly environment for Jordanian women, while Walczyk traveled to Kazakhstan to study post-World War II politics at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty.