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Release Date: August 3, 2007

ASU Graduate Receives National Research Fellowship

Eddie “Trey” Holik III, a 2006 Angelo State University graduate and co-recipient of the Presidential Award as top student in his class, has received a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) to support his graduate studies.

Only eight fellowships were awarded nationally this year, each with a value of up to $42,500. The funds will aid Holik as he works toward his master’s degree in applied physics at Texas A&M, with plans to also pursue a Ph.D. and a career in research and university teaching.

At ASU Holik was a double major in applied physics and mathematics, a Carr Student Research scholar and a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. He was also active in the Society of Physics Students, American Physical Society, Baptist Student Ministry, Student Senate and ASU intramural sports programs.

In a news release from the University Research Alliance, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said, “We commend these graduate students for their study of the nuclear fuel cycle at our nation’s universities. The academic community, as well as our national laboratories and industry, have been vital to increasing scientific know-how, developing advanced nuclear technology and helping reestablish nuclear power in the U.S.”

The fellowships are part of the AFCI, a program within the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy aimed at increasing research into closing the nuclear fuel cycle and recycling components of used nuclear reactor fuel. Graduate students selected for the AFCI fellowships are full-time students who have an interest in advanced fuel cycle research and are pursuing master’s degrees in nuclear engineering, applied physics or other related science fields.

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