Hope College students Hunter Gieswein, Alexander Osterbaan, Kyra Ross and Alyssa VanZanten have been awarded internships through the SCI Scholars Internship Program, representing nearly 20 percent of the 2019 awardees in this national competition.
The SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program was created by The Society of Chemical Industry, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry. Only 22 of the internships were awarded for 2019. The awards include support for a 10- to 12-week internship, a certificate and an additional $1,000.
All of the students anticipate graduating in 2020.
Gieswein, of Grand Rapids, will spend the summer working with Trinseo LLC in Midland. He is majoring in engineering with a chemical engineering concentration.
Osterbaan, of Ada, will also work with Trinseo LLC in Midland. He is majoring in engineering with a chemical engineering concentration and in chemistry.
Ross, of Saline, will spend the summer working with Carus Corporation in LaSalle, Illinois. She is majoring in engineering with a chemical engineering concentration, and is minoring in mathematics.
VanZanten, of Rockford, will spend the summer working with Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies in a location to be determined. She is majoring in engineering with a chemical engineering concentration and in chemistry, and is minoring in mathematics.
The SCI Scholars Internship Program began in 2010. Hope has had a total of seven recipients since 2015. Only one other institution, the University of Maryland at College Park, has had as many recipients in a single year as the four Hope students honored this year. The University of California at Berkeley had two 2019 recipients, and it was the only institution other than Hope to have more than one 2019 recipient.
SCI America International Group promotes the application of science for the benefit of society. SCI is dedicated to promoting fellowship, celebrating achievement, promoting public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspiring students to enter technical careers.
Founded in 1908, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a nonprofit organization providing leadership to the chemical engineering profession. The institute has more than 60,000 members in more than 110 countries in industry, academia, and government.
Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, and has more than 150,000 members in more than 140 countries. The society’s mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.