UW-Platteville selects new STEM Scholars

November 27, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — In 2010, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars program was established at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville by crossing STEM disciplines within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science by building a strong network through various group activities. The program annually awards a series of renewable scholarships of approximately $3,800 to incoming freshmen or transfer students. Eligible students must select a major offered in the College of EMS, demonstrate academic excellence and show financial need.

This year’s recipients are Elliot Carlovsky, Emily Hefty, Kayla Herrera, Taylor Hundley, Tina Hurlburt, Jocelyn Key, Nathan Klaassen, Dillon Ross, Sara Rubeck, Kelsey Schillinger, Dylan Kornely and Morgan Waterson.

Carlovsky is from Waupaca, Wis., with a major in engineering physics. In high school, he was involved in the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the Math Team. He recognizes that being a STEM Scholar will help him reach his academic goals through opportunities such as help with coursework via his student mentor and other STEM members. Carlovsky’s ambition is to use an engineering physics degree to specialize in controls, such as those found in airplane controls, lasers and other forms of sensors.

Hefty is a Mount Horeb, Wis., native who is majoring in biochemistry. She was actively involved in music in high school and is the recipient of the 2012 Youth Woodwind Player of the Year from the Madison Area Music Awards and the 2013 Student of the Year from the Wisconsin School Music Association. Her decision to attend UW-Platteville was in part due to being impressed by the quality of the school and Women in EMS program. She is considering pursuing a career in crop genetics with a music career on the side.

Herrera is from Brookfield, Wis., and is seeking a degree in electrical engineering. In high school, she competed in Odyssey of the Mind for four years, a program that gives participants the chance to engage in creative problem-solving opportunities in areas that range from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics. Her team placed in the competition each year. She hopes that being a STEM Scholar will help her to get involved in campus activities. Her career goal is to become an engineer.

Originating from Plainfield, Ill., Hundley is majoring in environmental engineering at UW-Platteville. In high school, he was a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society, as well as being Link Crew Leader and on the Honor Roll. He decided to attend UW-Platteville because he liked both the campus and the engineering program. His ambition is to focus on developing existing types of clean energy and finding other clean energy options.

Hurlburt is from Schapville, Ill., and an engineering physics major. She selected UW-Platteville based on its closeness to home, its affordability, and the many opportunities for women in engineering. In high school, she competed on the track and field team at Scales Mound High School for four years and maintained an A or B average. She was also in the “A-club” for several semesters.

Key is from Milwaukee, Wis., and is majoring in environmental engineering at UW-Platteville. In high school, she was president of the Teen Advisory Board for the Milwaukee Public Library System for four years; a spokesperson for MORE Robotics, a nationally recognized FIRST Robotics team; a National Honor Society member; and the liturgy coordinator for the St. Thomas More campus ministry. She is attending UW-Platteville because of its engineering program, its welcoming atmosphere, and the student opportunities. Key ultimately wants to attend law school upon receiving her undergraduate degree to become an intellectual property attorney specializing in industrial and engineering cases.

Klaassen, an Ottowa, Ill. native, is also majoring in engineering physics. His high school accomplishments include, among others, being math student of the year in 2012, being a second place state finisher in the Solid Body Modeling IDEA competition, being a state honors choir participant for two years in a row, and salutatorian of the 2012 graduating class. He hopes that the STEM Scholarship will encourage him to set goals and stay on top of his schedule throughout the year to make the most of his college career. He ultimately wishes to work as an engineer for a nuclear power plant.

Kornely is from Manitowoc, Wis., and is majoring in mechanical engineering. He was drawn to UW-Platteville because of the small town atmosphere and the quality of the engineering program. He says that the STEM Scholarship program will give him guidance at UW-Platteville. Ultimately, he wishes to use his degree to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

Ross, from Lombard, Ill., is seeking a degree in environmental engineering. He was a four-year Honor Roll student in high school as well as being a Tri-Sport Athlete and a Scholar Athlete. He wishes to use the STEM Scholarship program to achieve his goal of finishing college and going on to do something worthwhile. His ultimate career ambition is to work with the state government to protect the interests of human growth by making air, water and soil cleaner.

Rubeck is from Rockford, Ill., is majoring in chemistry with an emphasis in criminalistics. In high school, she was one of three 2013 class valedictorians, was on the swim team for two years and the softball team for four years. She was also a member of the Scholastic Bowl team, Natural Helpers, student leaders, and National Honors Society. The forensic crime scene house, small class sizes, and hands-on teaching style are what drew her to UW-Platteville. She ultimately wishes to work in a crime lab. 

Schillinger is a Crystal Lake, Ill., native who is majoring in environmental engineering. In high school, she was a Link Crew Leader, an Adaptive PE Leader, and a Senior Leader. She was also a part of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competitions. The STEM Scholarship is enabling her to attend UW-Platteville for four full years, instead of starting at a community college for the first two years. She ultimately wants to use her major to pursue work in either the private or public sector.

Waterson is from Rockford, Ill., and a mechanical engineering major. In high school, she was an Illinois State Scholar, awarded “Rookie of the Year” on the Rockford Robotics Team, as well as being Lucia Queen for the Swedish Historical Society and receiving a scholarship to the Sjölunden Swedish immersion camp. The STEM Scholarship will help her take advantage of peer and faculty advising, she said. Also an artist, Waterson ultimately wants to combine her engineering and artistic interests by creating adaptive devices for individuals with cognitive and physical impairments.

Written by: Angela O’Brien, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, obrienan@uwplatt.edu

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