11 undergraduate NSF engineering scholars get support to attend national AAAS conference in Washington, D.C.

Two undergraduate students—Carly Rowe and Nicole Vigon—presented at the 10th Annual Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held in Washington, D.C., Feb 6-9, 2020. The conference attracted about 1,000 student researchers from across the nation.

Rowe and Vigon were part of a group of 11 NSF-PECS and NSF-WiscAMP scholars from the college that attended the conference, accompanied by Wilkistar Otieno, associate professor and PI of the NSF-PECS Program, and Chris Beimborn, STEM outreach coordinator.

Rowe received the ERN Travel Award and earned third place in the undergraduate engineering and technology research presentation category. She is a sophomore in mechanical engineering, co-founder of the UWM student organization Students for the Exploration of Space, and a PECS Scholar.

Vigon is a student researcher in the lab of Brooke Slavens, associate professor, biomedical engineering. She is a senior in biomedical engineering and heading to graduate school.

NSF-PECS (Preparing Engineers and Computer Scientists) scholarships support highly talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in engineering or computer science. A student can receive a $6,000 scholarship each year, for four years.

NSF-funded Wisconsin Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) scholarships provide academic support to underrepresented minority students in STEM fields.

Besides scholarships, the two programs provide funds for: travel to conferences, faculty and peer mentorships and workshops that enable academic, social and professional success.