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Nielson Excellence Fellowship|School of Energy Resources

Nielson Excellence Fellowship in Energy StudiesNielson & Associates

This prestigious undergraduate fellowship recognizes superior performance and future potential in sophomore and junior students enrolled in Energy Resource Science, Energy Resource Management and Development, Energy Systems Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geology and Geophysics, Chemistry, and Physics.  The fellowship provides students a unique experience to work directly with faculty mentors, graduate students and energy companies on relevant, authentic research and development projects. Fellows will collaborate with research teams leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals and potential commercialization.  The fellowship also provides funding to attend a national or international professional conference.  These experiences will position students for long-term competitive success in the energy arena, promote "workforce-ready" skills and enhance student competitiveness in the workforce.  The fellowship is possible through a generous donation by the Nielson family to the School of Energy Resources (SER).

Academic Year

The fellowship will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year through the student's financial aid package.

Number of Awards

Up to 2 annually (subject to available funding)


Stipend of $600 per month for 9 months plus up to $2,000 to attend a professional meeting for a total value of $7,400.  The term of each fellowship is a calendar year.


  1. Students must maintain full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours) and maintain a UW cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.
  2. Funding should demonstrably enhance the awerdees' scholarly development by supporting travel, research supplies, equipment or personnel.
  3. During the spring semester, recipients will participate in Undergraduate Research Day. The Undergraduate Research presentation must summarize the project, including significance, results, and potential contributions to the energy sector. Fellowship outcomes may include refereed journal articles, intellectual property development and commercialization of innovations, new collaborative research programs, and enhanced external funding.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from current University of Wyoming sophomore and junior students enrolled in the programs listed above until March 12, 2015. The application and resume must be sent as a single pdf file to Recommendation letters can be submitted separately to

The application should include:

  • The completed application form detailing career goals and plans and demonstrating an understanding of issues in the energy arena. Please indicate an SER Center of Excellence, UW faculty member or research area of interest. The application form is the second page of the downloaded document.
  • The applicant's resume
  • 1-2 page research project proposal developed with a UW faculty member. The proposal must outline the prospective research project, a budget, rationale and significance, projected outcomes, and methodology. Also include the projected start date and timeline of the fellowship.
  • One recommendation letter form the UW faculty mentor.
  • Two additional recommendation letters from UW faculty. Must address the abilities of the applicant.
  • Unofficial college transcript.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 12, 2015.

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