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2nd Year Grad Student Kim Jackson wins SMART Scholarship

SMART stands for Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service that is given to undergraduates and graduate students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  The goal of this scholarship is to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the Department of Defense.  This year, only 150 awards were given out due to the budge cuts (usually about 350 awards are given).  This means that only people within the top 1 % received awards.  Kim will be working with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) that is located at Fort Gillem in Forest Park, GA.  USACIL is the leading forensic laboratory for the Department of Defense has provided worldwide forensic support since 1983.  For the next 2 summers she will go down to the lab and work on an assigned research and development project (related to my research) to benefit their forensic investigation projects.  Once she completes her Ph.D. here at UVA, she will be moving down to Georgia to complete the service portion of the scholarship and work with the laboratory full time for a minimum of 3 years (Each year of funding = number of years service is required).

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