Holland Student Receives
Competitive Graduate Fellowship
Posted April 10, 2002
HOLLAND -- Lora Van Uffelen, a Hope College senior
from Holland, has received a National Defense Science and
Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.
The three-year fellowships are offered by the
Department of Defense to individuals who have demonstrated
ability and special aptitude for advanced training in
science and engineering. Fellowships are awarded for study
and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical,
physical, biological, ocean and engineering sciences.
A total of 206 of the fellowships have been
awarded nationwide for the three years beginning this fall.
The recipients also include a recent Hope graduate: Steven
Molesa, an engineering major originally from Troy who
graduated in 2001 and is pursuing a doctorate in electrical
engineering at the University of California at Berkeley.
An engineering major, Van Uffelen is interested in
ocean acoustics. She plans to do graduate work at Scripps
Institution of Oceanography, which is affiliated with the
University of California at San Diego. She conducted
research at the institution during the summer of 2001.
Her long-term goal is to join the faculty of a
college or university.
Earlier this spring Van Uffelen, who is also
minoring in both music and mathematics, was named to the
college's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She has also been
named to the college's Dean's List throughout her
As a participant in the college's 2000 Vienna
Summer School, she won second place in the program's 19th
annual Howard Plaggemars Essay/Poetry Competition for her
essay "Standing Room." Her activities as a student have
also included the engineering club, the Wind Symphony and
the flute choir.
Van Uffelen is a 1998 graduate of Covenant
Christian High School in Grand Rapids. She is the daughter
of John and Linda Van Uffelen of Holland.
In the 13-year period running through 2001, the
NDSEG program awarded approximately 1,600 fellowships from
about 26,500 applications received. The newest round of
three-year awards will pay full tuition and required fees,
not including room and board, as well as a $23,000 stipend
in the first year, $24,000 in the second year and $25,000 in
the third year.
NSDEG fellows do not incur any military or other
service obligation. The program is administered by the
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).