Kearney native Shannon Killion, a graduate student in the College of Engineering, accepted a prestigious scholarship through the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program, part of the American Society of Engineering Education.
The SMART program was established by the U.S. Department of Defense to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. It aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Defense Department laboratories. SMART Scholars receive full tuition and education-related benefits, a cash award (from $25,000 to $41,000), paid summer internships, health insurance and book allowances, mentoring and employment placement after they complete the program.
Killion holds a bachelor's degree in biological systems engineering from UNL; now a master's degree student in environmental engineering, she works with civil engineering professor John Stansbury on an Environmental Protection Agency grant for sustainable water infrastructure. This summer she will attend a SMART Program orientation in Monterey, Calif., then use her SMART funding for a College of Engineering study- abroad experience at Lulea, Sweden's University of Technology. She plans to return to UNL in the spring and work the following summer with the U.S. Army Tradoc Analysis Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.