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Nielson Energy Fellowship for Women, Minorities Available at UW

February 2, 2011

An undergraduate fellowship to promote recruitment of talented women and minority students planning a career in the energy sector is available through the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.

Students in energy resource science, energy systems engineering, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, geology and geophysics, chemistry and physics degree programs are eligible to apply. Fellowships, from a donation by the Nielson family of Cody, provide students an opportunity to work in energy related projects with faculty mentors, graduate students and energy sector companies.

Three awards will be given and application deadline is March 1. Fellowships are $6,500 and a stipend of $4,500 may be used during the academic year or the summer to support a research project.

The fellowship also provides funding for students to attend national or international conferences. The Nielson fellowships differ from others in that they link financial support with undergraduate professional development designed to promote workforce-ready skills and long-term competitive success, says Don Roth, SER associate director.

Upon selection, students will be matched with a faculty member and a joint research project will be designed including goals, expectations, responsibilities, methodology and projected outcomes.

Applications should include a resume, three written recommendations, including one from a high school principal and teacher, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and a letter detailing career goals and demonstrating an understanding of the energy field. Applications should be sent to

For more information, contact Pam Henderson, in the SER office, at (307) 766-6879 or e-mail

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