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Thomas Rembert wins three competitive national fellowships

Graduating Senior Thomas Rembert is setting a record which will be hard for anyone to follow! He has been awarded three of the most competitive national Fellowships. In March, he was notified that he, along with 5 other University of Arkansas Students, had received a three year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship with a yearly stipend of $30,000. The foundation recognizes promising young mathematicians, scientists and engineers who are committed to pursuing lifelong careers marked by significant contributions to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. Only about 2,000 fellowships were awarded nationwide. In April, he was awarded the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (DoE SCGF), which is a three-year fellowship from the DoE with a yearly stipend of $35,000. The DoE awarded 50 fellowships this year, with an award rate of a little under 4%. In May, Thomas received word that he had been awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG): a 3-year fellowship from the Department of Defense with a yearly stipend of $30,500, $31,000, and $31,500 for the three years, respectively. The usual award rate for these fellowships is about 10%. Each of these awards are highly competitive, and winning just one is a great honor. Thomas is a member of the Honors College and has been conducting research with Alan Mantooth in the Electrical Engineering Department and Greg Salamo from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. His future plans are to join the PhD program at the University of California Berkeley.