Chemical engineering student earns $100,000 NSF Research Fellowship

Friday, April 09, 2010

University of Tulsa senior Kyle Klavetter has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship worth more than $100,000.

Kyle Klavetter is a TU Presidential Scholar from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and will graduate in May with a degree in chemical engineering. He is currently studying abroad in New Zealand, and this fall he will begin graduate studies at the University of Texas.

Klavetter attributed his success to his faculty mentor Selen Cremaschi, assistant professor of chemical engineering: “Dr. Cremaschi is a pivotal figure in my development as an engineer, both inspiring me to consider entirely new realms of science and challenging me to grow as a researcher and student,” Klavetter said.

On a broader scale, he said his achievement was tied to TU as an “institution with a mission and tradition that recognizes the importance of individual innovation serving the national interest, bettering the country.”

Klavetter interned at the Sandia National Laboratories in the electrochemistry multigroup and helped develop a new approach for enhanced signal resolution for large format focal plane arrays. Focal plane arrays can be used to sense a wide spectrum of wavelengths and improve imaging devices.

Outside of the lab, Klavetter was the founding editor of the award-winning independent campus newspaper Sixthirtyone, and he expanded the newspaper to a Web edition. 

For more information about TU's success in nationally competitive scholarships and undergraduate research, visit the Nationally Competitive Scholarships page.

Amethyst Cavallaro