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2:35 pm PDT June 18, 2021

Abilene Christian University student Keaton Brewster was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowships Program.

Brewster graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in mathematics from Abilene Christian University.

The fellowships program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Brewster is a physics and mathematics major from Malibu. While at ACU, he has engaged in groundbreaking, competitive research alongside faculty and staff with ACU's innovative Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab. He plans to work toward his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines in the fall. His research proposal is "Optimizing Cold Tank Levels for Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage Systems."

"I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but have seen a dramatic impact from humans on the environment, so I want to help find ways to minimize our impact. Additionally, we have been dependent on fossil fuel energy for many years, and it is time that we move to something that is cheaper, more efficient, and more sustainable like molten salt reactors or renewable sources," Brewster said. "This fellowship helps give me more flexibility going forward into graduate school. It provides three years of funding, so it will be easier for me to get plugged into a research group. It also will be helpful post graduate school when I am applying for jobs."

Dylan Shumow of Malibu named to University of Alabama Dean’s List

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Rhodes is a second year undergraduate student in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is majoring in communication studies.

Lily Castro named to the Curry College spring 2021 Dean's List

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To earn a place on the list, full-time undergraduate students — those who carry 12 or more graded credits per semester — must earn a 3.3 grade point average or higher.

Daniel Rafeedie named to DePauw University's spring 2021 Dean's List

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Jordan King named to SNHU President's List

Jordan King of Malibu was named to Southern New Hampshire University's winter 2021 President's List. The winter term runs from January to May.

Full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President's List.

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Hurless earned a bachelor of fine arts from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.