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Chemical Engineering Major Awarded National Tau Beta Pi Scholarship

April 6, 2011 — Paul Bonifas, originally from Marseille, France, and dual major in chemical engineering and chemistry at the University of Wyoming, was recently awarded a National Tau Beta Pi Association Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for Academic Year 2011-12. Bonifas will be a senior next year with plans to graduate from UW in May 2012. Tau Beta Pi Scholarships are awarded to junior members on a competitive basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.

Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering society. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character.

A graduate of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Paul is the son of Pascale and Bernard Bonifas. He is involved in the UW Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) and intramural sports.

“Hertanto Adidharma has been a positive mentor here at UW and is probably the reason why chemical engineers coming out of Laramie have a job,” said Paul. “I am excited about the opportunities available to me because of my education at UW.”

Cameco, a Canadian based uranium company, has offered Paul an internship. He will be working out of their offices in Casper this summer. Cameco is one of the world's largest uranium producers, provides processing services required to produce fuel for nuclear power plants, and generates 1,000 MW of clean electricity through a partnership in North America's largest nuclear generating station located in Ontario, Canada.


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