I am pleased to congratulate Patrick Bowen, Michigan Technological University undergraduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. Mr. Bowen won two major fellowship competitions and he was awarded funds for his ongoing collaborations studying rehydroxylation dating of archaeological ceramics. He was awarded one of Michigan Tech's Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (SURF) Fellowships as well as a Michigan Space Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Patrick has been an important part of the interdisciplinary research team that Jarek Drelich and I put together to assess this newly published dating technique. Mr. Bowen, Helen Ranck, and Jessica Beck, three MTU undergraduates in the Departments of Materials Science and Social Science, did exceptional work designing tests to assess the usefulness of RHX Dating for the Utah Pottery Project. Patrick is presenting the preliminary results of their analysis at MTU's 2010 Undergraduate Research Expo.
The SURF and MSC Fellowship programs are both very competitive and I am proud of Mr. Bowen for his successful applications!
We are waiting to hear decisions on the proposal I wrote to support more field research as well as a National Science Foundation proposal to support more research into Rehydroxylation Dating.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed on our outstanding proposals!