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TMS Awards Scholarship to UPRM/UW PREM Student

This past August, the Light Metals Division (LMD) of The Metals, Materials & Minerals Society (TMS) awarded one of its annual three scholarships to Ruth G. I. Hidalgo, a Mechanical Eng. senior student and UPRM/UW PREM participant. Ruth has been conducting undergraduate research on Al-B-X composites under the guidance of Prof. Marcelo Suarez, UPRM/UW PREM Program Director.

This award, one of thirteen conferred annually by TMS, consists of a $4,000 scholarship, a certificate, $400 for books published the LMD, $300 for books for the awardee's institutional library and $600 travel expenses to participate in the 135th TMS Annual Meeting to be held on March 12-16 in San Antonio, TX. Other recipients' institutions are CalTech, MIT, Northwestern Univ., U. Missouri-Rolla, Washington St. Univ., McGill Univ., and Brown Univ. Ruth, the first UPRM student to obtain this scholarship, will receive the award during the aforementioned TMS meeting next year.

Among other accomplishments of Ruth Hidalgo's are: recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation scholarship (twice); participant of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in June-July 2005; participant in the Undergraduate Poster Competition of the American Society for Engineering Education, Southeast Chapter held last May in Chattanooga, TN; poster presenter in the 2004 Extraction & Processing Congress (organized by TMS); and presenter in the 2005 Puerto Rico Junior Technical Meeting.

Ruth is presenting a collaborative work she produced with a graduate and a high school student (all members of UPRM/UW PREM) on Al-B-Cu composites in the 2005 Materials Science & Technology 2005 Conference to held in Pittsburgh, PA this September. This is part of one of PREM's thrust areas on functional composites, led by Prof. Suarez.

Additionally, Ruth is the Vice-President of the Material Advantage - Mayaguez Chapter, created under the auspice of PREM last year. Born in Aguadilla, she is committed to pursue graduate studies in Materials Science, most likely at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.



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