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Four KU Engineering Students Win Tau Beta Pi Scholarships

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, has awarded scholarships of $2,000 each to four University of Kansas students for 2009-10. The KU students were among 234 students nationwide who earned the awards.

Brandon DeKosky, Overland Park senior in chemical engineering; Jessica Lamb, Prairie Village senior in mechanical engineering; Regan Gangel, Leawood senior in civil engineering; and Morgan Grissum, Baldwin City senior in electrical engineering, were chosen from more than 425 applicants for the scholarships.

Tau Beta Pi chooses recipients based on membership in the honor society as well as scholarly dedication, campus leadership and service, and the promise of contributions to the engineering profession.

DeKosky was noted specially by Tau Beta Pi with the Nagel Scholarship for his standing in the Class of 2010 and “working toward obtaining a faculty position in chemical or biomedical engineering at a major teaching or research university.” He plans to continue tissue-engineering work on campus aimed at developing a biodegradable cartilage implant. The Nagel Scholarship is considered the highest honor for Tau Beta Pi scholars; only two students nationally are selected for the prize. Earlier in the semester, DeKosky was selected to receive a Goldwater scholarship for his senior year of study.

Gangel and Grissum received Record Scholarships from Tau Beta Pi, named for Leroy E. Record, a 1929 graduate of KU. Lamb earned a Stabile Scholarship.

“We are proud of the quality students that the School of Engineering produces each year,” said Stuart R. Bell, dean of the School of Engineering. “These four students are among the best in the country, and we are eager to see them graduate in 2010 and move forward with outstanding careers in engineering.”

Tau Beta Pi is the nation’s second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885. There are chapters at 234 U.S. colleges and universities. This is the 11th year in which the scholarships have been awarded.


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