May 26, 2005

Student wins Homeland Security scholarship

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Lebanon native Donald W. Tempinson (518 N. Hunter), a civil engineering major at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has won a "rising junior" scholarship from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that includes full payment of tuition and fees for his junior year (renewable for his senior year), a $1,000 monthly stipend during his senior year and a summer internship in a science- or technology-related office that pays $500 each week.

Homeland Security's two-year-old Scholarship and Fellowship Program, which includes even more generous grants for graduate students, aims "to encourage and support students in their effort to develop a scientific foundation and pursue technological breakthroughs resulting in improved homeland security," according to the department's Web site.

"This marks the third award to students in our department — it is a testament to the commitment we have initiated to mentor our students and the potential of our research," said Lizette R. Chevalier, chair of SIUC's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Last fall, Kelly A. Harman, a first-year master's student, won a graduate fellowship, while a rising junior scholarship went to Jodi L. Kostecki.

Leading in research, creative and scholarly activities is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.