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The School of Engineering is seeking applications for graduate student scholarships for work that will contribute to a better understanding of the implications of science and technology on society.
Applications for the Alfred Keil Fellowships for the Wiser Uses of Science and Technology are due April 30 to Professor Daniel Roos, associate dean of engineering systems, in Rm 1-203.
The fellowships were created to honor Dr. Alfred Keil, the Ford Professor of Engineering emeritus, who was a driving force behind the establishment of the Technology and Policy Program. He was dean of engineering from 1971-77 after being head of ocean engineering. Throughout his career, he has stressed the importance of research and study on the societal and policy implications of science and technology.
Applicants for the Keil Fellowships must demonstrate academic excellence, the relevance of their proposed work to the spirit of the fellowship and creativity -- the potential for doing work that might not be possible without the fellowship. Two half-tuition or a single full-tuition scholarship(s) will be awarded for 1999-2000 to a continuing or entering master's or PhD student in the School of Engineering.
To apply, students should submit a short proposal (two pages maximum) describing his or her proposed research or study, and explaining how that work would contribute to the wiser use of science and technology. Applicants should provide two references, at least one of whom should be an MIT faculty member.
The awards are overseen by a faculty committee comprising Professors Roos (chair), Fred Moavenzadeh and Joel Clark. The committee encourages faculty members to inform potential applicants about the fellowship.
A version of this article appeared in the April 14, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 26).