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Cypress Springs High School, East Senior High School and Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Each Receive Additional $1,000 Grant for Science and Technology Programs
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., announced today Texas high school seniors Arhana Chattopadhyay, Amelia Lin, and Craig Wilson will each receive a $16,500 scholarship as a part of the Micron Science and Technology Scholars program. Micron will honor Chattopadhyay of Plano East Senior High School, Lin of Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, and Wilson of Cypress Springs High School during a leadership and mentoring week at its headquarters and an awards banquet in June with Micron CEO Steve Appleton and other company and Foundation leaders.
Since its inception in 2001, the annual Micron Science and Technology Scholars program has positively impacted the lives of 86 students by providing more than $1.5 million in scholarships and invaluable industry experience through mentorship and other opportunities. Throughout the years, 21 Texas students in this program have attended some of the most prestigious universities in the country and been awarded $444,500.
As a part of the award, Micron also grants the scholars' high school $1,000 to use for science and technology programs. Micron has granted high schools a total of $64,000; Texas schools have received $14,000.
Scholarships and grants are awarded to thirteen students and high schools from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Scholarships are distributed to students in four equal payments during their college career. For complete list of scholarship recipients, biographies, and photographs, visit Micron's media kit at
Arhana Chattopadhyay, of Plano, is planning to study chemistry or materials science at Harvard University. She ranks number one at Plano East Senior High School where she served as president of the LASER Science Club and participated in cross country, key club, Chemistry Olympiad, and the French Club. Through her many research and science fair projects she was a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and a first and third place awardee at the Texas Junior Academy of Sciences. She is an accomplished violinist, an Odissi Indian Classical dancer, and loves to volunteer her time to help local children and underprivileged Indian villages.
Amelia Lin, of Plano, plans to study physics at Harvard University. As a student of the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science she is no stranger to university coursework, as students live on campus and attend classes the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas). Lin has a perfect SAT score and was recently named a Presidential Scholar, a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, and a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Scholar. She was recognized recently as a member on USA Today's 2007 All-USA High School Academic First Team. Her research of "Encapsulation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Microgels" won the honors of Southwestern Regional Finalist and National Semifinalist in the Siemen's Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Her extensive research in nanotubes has also won several awards in local and state science fair competitions. Lin also founded the TAMS Math-A-Thon, participates in a variety of math competitions, trivia team, swim team, band, orchestra, student senate, and volunteer work.
Craig Wilson, of Houston, plans to study chemical engineering at Rice University. He hopes to use science to change and improve the quality of equipment used by the U.S. military. At Cypress Springs High School he was a four-year participant in the Science Olympiad and a state finalist in the Wright stuff, chemistry lab, and forensics. Wilson was also a member of the Science National Honor Society, Computer Science Club, and Mu Alpha Theta where he was a UIL state qualifier. Wilson received honorable mention honors in the Toshiba ExploraVision Awards Competition for his work in carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology applications. He is very much a leader and helps organize and run nearly every group with which he participates. He is an Eagle Scout, a Boys State Delegate, and active in his church youth group. He enjoys athletics and has played baseball for the last four years, most recently serving as Varsity co-captain.
About Micron Technology Foundation, Inc.
The Micron Science and Technology Scholars (MSTS) program is designed to recognize and reward students excelling in academic and leadership skills and to encourage their pursuit of careers in high technology. In addition to financial assistance, Micron offers these scholars leadership and mentoring opportunities through the Technology Adventures and Leadership Learning Week (TALL Week), June 17-22, 2007.
TALL Week begins by engaging students in leadership and team-building activities ranging from ropes courses to mountain biking and white water rafting in central Idaho. The week culminates at Micron’s headquarters, located in Boise, where scholarship recipients interact with senior scientists, engineers and company officers while they participate in an on-site job-shadow program with their Micron mentors. All activities during TALL Week are designed to help students explore their potential, forge new relationships, and discover the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
Scholarships are focused on students planning to major in electrical engineering, computer engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, material science, physics or chemistry. Along with superior academic skills, a student’s community leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities is carefully considered during the unique interview process in which semi-finalists are flown to Micron’s headquarters for a panel interview with company officers and Foundation representatives.
Applications for the MSTS program are available to high school students beginning in the fall of their senior year through high school counselors or the Internet, at http://www.micron.com/scholars . The 2008 postmark deadline for applications is January 20, 2008. Scholarship winners are announced each spring.
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is engaged in funding educational efforts and charitable activities. To learn more about the Micron Technology Foundation, visit its web site at http://www.micron.com/foundation .
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit http://www.micron.com .
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