UTEP Senior Earns $10,000 Grant
 

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UTEP Senior Earns $10,000 Grant


Apr. 26, 2012 | UTEP UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS.

Kimberlin Schnittker
Kimberlin Schnittker
 

UTEP Top Ten Senior Kimberlin Schnittker, a dual major in metallurgical and materials engineering and environmental science who will graduate in May with her engineering degree, has been awarded the Copper Club Education Fund $10,000 Grant by Copper Club, Inc., a charitable organization dedicated to supporting causes and educational programs associated with the copper industry.

The grant is given to assist exceptional students preparing for careers in fields related to maintenance and expansion of the copper industry, and is awarded based on academic excellence and need of financial assistance. Schnittker is the first UTEP student to receive the grant in its history.

In addition to being a grant recipient and Top Ten Senior, Schnittker has been on the Dean's List five semesters, completed a research internship in the NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Minnesota, and has been recipient of various scholarships.

Schnittker is busy on campus as well – as a member, then president, and currently an advisor for the UTEP Rotaract Club, a university branch of Rotary International. She is also an active member of The Minerals, Metals and Material Society, Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the American Foundry Society (AFS), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Alpha Sigma Mu, the UTEP Geology Club and a volunteer for UTEP's Project MOVE.

"There is a lot more to Kimberlin than an impressive transcript – her level of involvement as an undergraduate research assistant in the metallurgical/materials and geology research programs on campus is particularly noteworthy," said Stephen W. Stafford, Ph.D., Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at UTEP. "She is especially deserving of this prestigious recognition."

"I am so honored to receive this grant from the Copper Club," Schnittker said. "It's one of those things that makes all the hard work worthwhile."