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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. Upon receipt of the fellowship, awardees should contact the SER Academics Office to arrange an appropriate research experience. 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 2014-2015 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.


Students must maintain full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours) and maintain a UW cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Nielson Fellows will participate in the Energy Research and Development Symposium in the spring semester and will present a synopsis summarizing of their research project, including significance, results and potential contributions to the energy sector.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from current University of Wyoming sophomore and junior students enrolled in the programs listed above until July 18, 2014. The application, resume, and unofficial college transcripts 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
  • Three written recommendations.  One of the reference letters must be from a UW faculty member.
  • Unofficial college transcripts

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