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Graduate Student Robert Mahon Receives Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad

September 9, 2014
Robert Mahon

Graduate student Robert Mahon (PhD candidate) recently received the Dick and Lynne Cheney Fellowship for Excellence in Study Abroad to participate in a multi-institutional experiment in sedimentary process at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The $3,130 award is given to no more than six UW undergraduate and graduate students each year in support of significant contributions to their field of interest via international research or study. The fellowship is through the U.W. International Programs office.

“This type of multi-institutional experiment is novel in sedimentology and stratigraphy,” says Mahon’s advisor Brandon McElroy. “The ultimate goal is to develop a new model for collaborative experiments to be run concurrently and in parallel in multiple laboratories. This will increase the efficiency with which we will be able to tackle grand challenges in sedimentary and surface process research-accelerating the pace of discovery.”

“This is a very valuable opportunity for me to be involved with an international collaborative effort at the forefront of the experimental stratigraphic and surface process communities,” says Mahon. “This workshop will undoubtedly have a profound influence on the way I conduct experimental research at UW and in my future career and I am extremely grateful for the support of the International Programs Office through the Cheney Fellowship.” 

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