NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship - Jill Williamson 2010

Jill Williamson, chemistry graduate student in the Emmert Group and a student member of MAMML, has been awarded the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship from NASA and United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation. This fellowship will provide Jill with stipend ($28,000/year) and tuition support ($10,000/year) and is renewable for three years. This fellowship will support Jill's research, including the automated methods for monitoring levels of the water disinfectant silver(I) ion.

An excerpt from the solicitation:

Dr. Harriett G. Jenkins has been an innovative and effective change agent throughout her life. For over 18 years, she was Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs at NASA (1974-1992). In that role she managed exemplary programs and strategies which garnered management commitment and involvement. These programs ranged from the hiring and advancement of minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities within the agency, to adjudication of allegations of discrimination. She also forged the establishment of research centers at Minority Institutions. Prior to coming to NASA, Dr. Jenkins produced great change for the Berkeley Unified School District in California.

Dr. Jenkins' leadership and commitment have certainly not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous national awards and honors and serves on several professional national boards including NASA's Educational Advisory Council.

The Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship provides full-time graduate students (master's and doctoral level) who are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines up to three years of funding and support.