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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

January 8, 2008

UW-Green Bay awards Natural and Applied Sciences scholarships

Billing wins Casperson Scholarship

GREEN BAY-Alice Billing, Sturgeon Bay, has received the 2007-08 James E. Casperson/Environmental Science Alumni Scholarship in the amount of $1,100 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Billing is pursuing a major in Biology with an emphasis on molecular biology and minors in Chemistry and Human Biology.

Billing is one of the first students to participate in a new UW-Green Bay program that allows students to begin working toward a master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy while completing bachelor's degree studies. Her master's degree focus will be in the sciences with a specialty in water resource management.

At UW-Green Bay, Billing has participated in faculty-led projects in genetic research and organic chemistry research and she has been a teaching assistant in Biology classes. Her service projects have included teaching in the Regional Center for Math and Science program for at-risk high school students and other projects on- and off campus. Billing is a member of Tri Beta, national biology honorary society, and Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary for all disciplines. She has been on the Dean's List every semester.

The Casperson Scholarship was established in honor of James Casperson, an outstanding UW-Green Bay Environmental Science student at the time of his death, by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Casperson.

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Zopp wins Cook Scholarship

GREEN BAY-Zachariah Zopp, Shawano, has been named recipient of the 2007-08 Brad Cook Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Zopp is a senior completing majors in Environmental Science with an emphasis in physical systems, technology and management, and Biology with an emphasis in plant biology.

Zopp presently is serving as a research assistant on two different faculty-led projects. During his junior year, he won a competitive grant that allowed him to pursue a yearlong faculty-supervised research project of his own design that he presented at the 2007 Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Research Symposium and at the University's Academic Excellence Symposium. Zopp was an intern at the UW-Madison Hancock Agriculture Research Station in summer 2007. He has participated in a travel-study trip to Costa Rica where his activities included water quality experiments and volunteering to help improve a rainforest preserve and local schools.

Zopp's future goals include working to obtain a master's degree in water resource management.

The Cook Scholarship was established by family and friends of former UW-Green Bay student Brad Cook to honor his memory and interest in environmental studies.

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Melroy and Thao win First-Year Engineering Scholarships

GREEN BAY-Justin Melroy of De Pere and Pha Thao of Manitowoc have received 2007-08 First-Year Engineering Scholarships of $800 each at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Both are enrolled in the UW-Green Bay pre-engineering program that enables students to fulfill lower-level requirements at UW-Green Bay for degree-granting engineering programs at other institutions. Both expect to be eligible to enter such engineering programs by the end of spring semester.

At UW-Green Bay, Melroy has been named to the Dean's List and has been invited to join the National Honor Society. His activities have included tutoring students at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in math. He is active in sports and has established a link between UW-Green Bay and the St. Norbert College Water Ski and Wakeboard Team. Melroy aims to become a mechanical engineer.

Thao plans to earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and continue studies toward a master's degree. He was active in revitalizing the University's student Pre-Engineering Club and serves as co-president. Thao also is active in the Southeast Asian Student Union organization and serves as an officer of the student Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee.

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Castillo and Key win UW-Green Bay Second-Year Engineering Scholarships

GREEN BAY-Antonio Castillo of Green Bay and Craig Key of Denmark have won 2007-08 Second-Year Engineering Scholarships of $1,000 each at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Both students are enrolled in the UW-Green Bay pre-engineering program that enables students to fulfill lower-level requirements at UW-Green Bay for degree-granting engineering programs at other institutions.

Castillo will go on to complete a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and plans to pursue either further engineering studies or graduate studies. Castillo won a scholarship from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium in 2007. He has received a National Dean's List Award and three Academic Excellence Awards from the UW-Green Bay American Intercultural Center. At UW-Green Bay he has been a leader in campus organizations, serving as president of Organización Latino Americana and as co-president of the Pre-Engineering Club that he helped to revitalize.

Key is a returning student who has focused on engineering after defining his interests and aptitudes in the work force. He will pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Key recently completed an internship with an area equipment manufacturer where he helped to develop a track-drive system for snow throwers.

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Schwarten wins Georgia-Pacific Scholarship

GREEN BAY-Kevin Schwarten of Green Bay is the recipient of the 2007-08 Georgia-Pacific Environmental Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Schwarten is completing requirements for a major in Earth Science and a minor in Education and plans to pursue a career in earth science education. In 2007, Schwarten was awarded the Neville Public Museum Geology Scholarship and a Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Scholarship.

Schwarten earned an earlier degree from UW-Green Bay with a major in Communication Processes. His recent activities have included participating in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters after-school program at Danz Elementary School and volunteering with an organization that raises funds to benefit earth science education.

The scholarship was created by the Georgia-Pacific Corp.

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Voelker and Wouters win Sell Scholarships

GREEN BAY-Allen Voelker and Jesse Wouters, both of Green Bay, have received 2007-08 Nancy J. Sell Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $800 each at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Voelker is a junior pursuing a major in Biology and four minors: Chemistry, Education, Human Biology, and Spanish. His career goal is to become a high school teacher. In his first year in the Education Program, Voelker completed more than 100 hours of field service in schools in bilingual, advanced standing, special education and mainstream classrooms. On campus he is active in the Student Ambassadors and served as the organization's director in summer 2007.

Wouters is a senior completing a major in Chemistry and a minor in Environmental Science. In the present academic year, Wouters has been working with faculty members on a funded research project related to wood pulping processes. After graduating, Wouters's goal is to continue his education to the master's degree level. He has maintained a perfect grade point average at UW-Green Bay.

The scholarship honors the memory of the late Prof. Nancy J. Sell who was a member of the UW-Green Bay faculty.

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Kowalis wins UW-Green Bay Science and Math Scholarship

GREEN BAY-Nicole Kowalis, Sheboygan, has been selected for the 2007-08 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Science and Mathematics Scholarship award in the amount of $800.

A senior, Kowalis will complete majors in Mathematics and Accounting and a minor in Business Administration. Her goals include graduate school and passing the first actuarial examination. She has a perfect grade point average.

On campus, Kowalis is active in the Students in Free Enterprise organization, Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society for all disciplines. She is president of the Analytical Minds Math Club that volunteers to help students complete and understand math homework.

The Science and Mathematics Scholarship is supported by a fund established by members of the UW-Green Bay faculties in Natural and Applied Sciences and Human Biology.

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