The John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship is presented in memory of Professor John F. Kennedy, former director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. It is awarded annually by the College of Engineering (through IIHR) to an undergraduate engineering student who best exemplifies the academic and personal qualities listed below. The fellowship is established to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to become involved in hydroscience (hydraulic, fluid-mechanic, or hydrologic) research in the hope that they will be encouraged to pursue graduate studies at IIHR.
The fellowship recipient will be announced each spring when other awards are made to engineering undergraduates by the College of Engineering. The award, $2,500 for one year, is presented for the following fall semester.
The application deadline is March 25, 2016.
The fellowship recipient must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be a major in civil and environmental or mechanical engineering, or a closely related field;
- Have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure senior status in the fall semester immediately following notice of the award;
- Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on coursework toward the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree; and
- Show potential for success in a field of the hydrosciences.
Proven intellectual and academic achievement is important, but applicants for the fellowship also must:
- Show integrity of character and qualities of leadership;
- Demonstrate qualities of ingenuity and inquisitiveness; and
- Illustrate a breadth of interest in areas outside of engineering.
Applicants should apply for the award by writing a brief (about 300 words) description of their interest in hydroscience research and sending it, along with a copy of their current transcript and two letters of recommendation, to: Kennedy Award Committee, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, 107 SHL, Iowa City, IA 52242. The application deadline is March 27, 2015. Applications are judged by an award committee comprised of members of the IIHR staff. Top candidates will be invited for an interview by the award committee. The recipient will, with guidance from IIHR staff, participate in a research project related to his or her hydroscience interest. At the conclusion of the project, a report will be submitted to IIHR, with a copy given to the Kennedy family. Awards announced in April at the College of Engineering Student Luncheon. (For questions about the Kennedy Fellowship, contact Carmen Langel.)