Schaafsma and DeFoor Receive Prestigious Chemistry Scholarship Plan

Schaafsma and DeFoor Receive Prestigious Chemistry Scholarship Plan

by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College women’s basketball (3-10, 1-3 PBC) freshmen Belinda Schaafsma (Momence, Ill.) and Mikalyn DeFoor (Gainesville, Ga.) received the Chemistry Scholarship Plan awarded by the department of chemistry, physics and astronomy as announced by chemistry department chair Dr. Ken McGill.

“The chemistry-scholars program was started in 2002, and every year it has become an increasingly valued part of the chemistry program culture,” said Dr. McGill. “This year’s applicants were very strong, and it was very hard to determine the winners. I look forward to watching this cohort of chemistry-scholars’ success in the chemistry program.”

The Chemistry-Scholarship plan aspires to provide four-year scholarships to chemistry majors. The scholarships are awarded with the goal of supporting the recipient’s research activities within a faculty guided research project. Eight freshmen were chosen for this scholarship.

“I am thrilled to become a member of Dr. Cossey’s research group,” said Schaafsma. “I am looking forward to the many opportunities and open doors that the experience will lead to.

DeFoor was chosen by Dr. Koushik Banerjee, while Schaafsma was chosen by Dr. Kimberly Cossey to be members of their research groups. Both students will be doing research in the field of pharmaceutics. The students will be awarded a $500 per year stipend for the next three years for research and travel.

“I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to participate in undergraduate research,” said DeFoor. “Not only is it exciting to develop new ways of solving a problem, but being part of a group that is bigger than you is extremely rewarding.”

There are numerous requirements a student must meet to be considered for this scholarship. Some of which include but are not limited to:

  • Remain enrolled at GC with a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Attend Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy Department Chair’s student advisory meeting
  • To the best of their ability fulfill all requirements for a degree in chemistry at GC
  • Actively participate in a research program with one of the chemistry faculty which may include course registration
  • Assist in chemistry outreach by actively participating in department sponsored events (e.g., Science Fair, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, etc)

The women’s basketball team faces off against USC Aiken Saturday, Jan. 14 in a doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m.

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