Michael Powers (WKU alumnus of the CK group) has just been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations Michael!

Michael is currently working toward his PhD at Oklahoma State University. This is the second year in a row that a CK lab member has been awarded an #NSFGRF .  Shelby Rader was awarded a NSF-GRF in 2013.    

Powers is a doctoral candidate in the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, and earned a Geology B.S. in May 2013.  While at WKU, Powers studied ion exchange and synthesis of microporous materials under the supervision of Prof. Aaron Celestian.  As an undergraduate student, Powers conducted research at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory and won an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship to study at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Powers presented his work at numerous local and international conferences.

Powers join fellow WKU Geology alum Shelby Rader as Graduate Research Fellows.  Rader was awarded the fellowship in 2013 for her doctoral research in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona.  Rader first came to WKU as a Gatton Academy student and continued her undergraduate studies in the Honors College.  She graduated from WKU with B.S. degrees in Geology and Chemistry in May 2012. Rader also worked with Prof. Celestian, and the research of Powers, Rader, and Celestian was published in the journal American Mineralogist in July of 2013.
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