Chemical engineering major Jeannie Wilkening is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship, which will fund her doctoral studies, including tuition and stipend, for three years.
This is far from the first honor for Wilkening, who received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in 2015 and a Churchill Scholarship earlier this year. The latter award supports a one-year master's degree program at the University of Cambridge in England.
After Cambridge, she plans to pursue a PhD in environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where she will study biogeochemistry – specifically, better representing and predicting carbon uptake by forests in climate models.
Wilkening, a second-generation UA engineer, credits CHEE for honing her research skills and teaching her to communicate her work in a clear, understandable, impactful way.