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Doctoral Student Awarded SMART Fellowship

Monday, October 9, 2006
[Electrical engineering doctoral student Jamie Jenshak]

A University of Kansas graduate student is one of 32 students nationwide to receive the 2006 Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Fellowship.

Jamie Jenshak, an electrical engineering doctoral student from Iron Mountain, Mich., will receive a $30,000 per year stipend, book allowance, and full tuition and fees as part of this Department of Defense program. The SMART scholarship program is designed to promote the education, recruitment and retention of students in science, math and engineering studies.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor James Stiles encouraged Jenshak to apply for the fellowship.

"Jamie is a very mature and focused young scholar," Stiles said. "He came to KU because he had a specific interest in electromagnetic sensing and radar signal processing. The level of mathematics associated with this discipline can be intimidating to some graduate students, but Jamie's attraction to these topics is in part because of their mathematical complexity. Prospective graduate students often have just a rather general notion of the scholarship they wish to pursue, but Jamie's interests were highly focused and well-defined, and his enthusiasm and determination in mastering this discipline is quite evident."

The award gives Jenshak additional freedoms to follow his research interests - radar signal processing - in line with his ultimate career aspirations. The fellowship will continue until Jenshak completes his doctorate, assuming he makes satisfactory progress. As a condition of the fellowship, Jenshak must fulfill an employment obligation with a Department of Defense agency.

Jenshak earned his undergraduate degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., and a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

First awarded in 2005, the SMART scholarship/fellowship program is designed to promote the education, recruitment and retention of students in science, math and engineering studies. More than 300 students applied for the fellowships.

The program is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education on behalf of the Department of Defense, and managed by the Naval Postgraduate School. For more information about the SMART program, go to www.asee.org/smart or www.nps.edu.



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