Two Georgia Tech Students Named Department of Energy Graduate Fellows


Sarah Miracle, who is pursuing her doctorate in computer science, was selected as a 2010 U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Fellow.

August 23, 2010

Sarah Miracle and Chris Shearer have been selected to
receive fellowships as part of a new U.S. Department of Energy Graduate
Fellowship program.

Both are pursuing Ph.D.s at Georgia Tech. Miracle is
studying randomized algorithms and Markov chains in the School of Computer
Science in the College of Computing, while Shearer is investigating sustainable
concrete materials technology in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
in the College of Engineering.

Miracle and Shearer are two of 150 students selected by the
Department of Energy to receive the fellowship this year. Each graduate fellow
will be provided with tuition, living expenses and research support for three
years for study at academic institutions across the country.  The new
fellowship program is designed to strengthen the nation's scientific workforce
by providing support to young students during the formative years of their
research.

"The exceptionally talented students selected as
graduate fellows are part of our nation's next generation of scientific and
technical leaders," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. 
"This investment in the training of scientists and engineers is part of
the administration's continued effort to ensure that America has the scientific
and engineering workforce we need to secure our energy future and our continued
economic competitiveness."

The goal of the fellowship program is to encourage students
to pursue graduate degrees in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics,
engineering and environmental and computer sciences fields that will prepare
students for careers that can make significant contributions in
discovery-driven science and science for national needs in energy and the
environment.

Each fellow will be provided $50,500 per year for up to
three years to support tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel
to research conferences or to Department of Energy scientific user
facilities.  Support comes in part from $12.5 million provided by the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

For a complete list of awardees and eligibility requirements,
visit the Office of Science Graduate
Fellowship
program.