Atlanta, September 7, 2016
On August 30, 2016, 10 students from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Georgia were awarded Birla Carbon sponsored scholarships for their outstanding research in various fields of science and mathematics.
“The Birla Carbon Scholars program at KSU has been a successful initiative towards promoting research and education by Birla Carbon. In its third year, we hope to see the program continue to support students who are keen to discover solutions that will positively impact our society and communities at large” said Tim Fedrigon, Chief Human Resource Officer at Birla Carbon.
Students actively engaged as collaborators on projects ranging from methods that could potentially yield nanowires, to the use of bioinformatics to detect more accurately E. coli or salmonella contamination in packaged foods, to the remediation of soils contaminated during the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Japan as part of their projects.
Katerina Slavicinskawas was declared winner of the Birla Carbon Scholars program for her project examining a mineral found in meteorites called schreibersite using infrared light to find traces of phosphate groups,. Her research project won the Top Poster Award at the Birla Carbon Symposium held on August 25, 2016. The University’s, College of Science and Mathematics, officially recognized all 10 new 2016 Birla Carbon Scholars at the event.
Nearly 100 students, faculty, staff and Birla Carbon executives reviewed the posters on display in the KSU Center.
The event marked the third year of a five-year partnership between KSU and Birla Carbon, which has allowed the College’s 10 Birla Carbon Scholars to participate in summer research opportunities.
The scholars program was developed in April 2014 with a $250,000 pledge from Birla Carbon for a five-year annual gift of $50,000 to support research opportunities for students in Kennesaw State’s College of Science and Mathematics. The program has awarded 30 Kennesaw State students each a $4,000 stipend since 2014.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries.
About Birla Carbon
Birla Carbon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of high quality Carbon Black and a flagship business of the US$ 41 billion Aditya Birla Group. The Company’s footprint extends across 12 countries with 17 manufacturing facilities. Birla Carbon provides a complete portfolio of products across ASTM grades and specialty blacks to meet the specific end requirements across Tires, Rubber, Plastics, Coatings, Inks and other niche industries. Birla Carbon has two state-of-the art technology centers at Marietta (USA) and Taloja (India), besides well-equipped laboratories across its manufacturing units providing for continuous R&D. As an ardent practitioner of sustainable development, Birla Carbon’s Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) strategy focuses on employee safety, environmental stewardship, efficient use of carbon sources and conducting operations in a socially and ethically responsible manner.
About The Aditya Birla Group
A US $41 billion (Rs 2,50,000 crore) corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. Anchored by an extraordinary force of over 120,000 employees, belonging to 42 nationalities. Over 50 per cent of its revenues flow from its overseas operations spanning 36 countries. The Aditya Birla Group has been ranked fourth in the world and first in Asia Pacific in the ‘Top Companies for Leaders’ study 2011, conducted by Aon Hewitt, Fortune Magazine and RBL (a strategic HR and leadership Advisory firm). The Group has topped the Nielsen’s Corporate Image Monitor 2014-15 and emerged as the Number one corporate, the ‘Best in Class’, for the third consecutive year.
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