April 30, 2013

BASF has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four students of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., as part of the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund.

“We see education and academic success as essential to the future of science and engineering,” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar, La. “BASF’s Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund is part of our investment in the next generation of leaders by supporting math and science education.”

The winning students, who each received a $2,500 scholarship from BASF, have displayed academic success in their fields of study and are active members on the LSU campus and in the community.

  • Amanda Dembski, a junior studying chemical engineering, is a resident of Houston, Texas. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society and Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and was named to the Dean's List in spring 2011 and 2012. Her languages include French and Polish, and she puts this skill to use volunteering at cultural events such as the Polish Festival. Amanda’s academic recognitions include the Tiger Scholars Award and the Gail Wilbur Scholarship.
  • Laura Iverson, a junior studying civil engineering, is a resident of Covington, La. She is employed by the LSU Mathematics Department as an assistant.  Laura is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at LSU and the ASCE Steel Bridge Team, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders. Laura loves engaging children and especially young girls in engineering through events such as Sally Ride Science Day. Her awards include the Alumni Global Leaders Awards, the Flagship Scholar’s Resident Award, Dean’s List twice (fall 2011 and 2012), Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and most recently the Erin Krielow Memorial Scholarship. Laura also enjoys playing LSU intramural softball in her spare time.
  • Fredrick Smith is a senior majoring in chemical engineering with minors in chemistry and business administration and plans to graduate in May 2014. He is a resident of Denham Springs, La. Fredrick enjoys part-time work at the YMCA as sports coordinator and was recognized with the Part-Time Service Ambassador of the Year Award in 2011. He is also a member of Beta Kappa Gamma (a multi-cultural service fraternity), having served as national secretary and national ambassador for the fraternity. Fredrick has been named twice to both the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll.
  • Emily Walker is a senior majoring in chemical engineering with biomolecular concentration with a May 2014 graduation date. She is from Katy, Texas, and is employed by the LSU Student Union as gameroom supervisor. Emily is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Through her sorority, Emily has served as a mentor, coordinated fall recruitment as an LSU Pan-Hellenic Council representative, and participated in philanthropic events that support breast cancer awareness and education.  Emily’s academic honors include the Bengals Legacy Scholarship, LSU Family Association Scholarship and three-time Dean’s List honoree (fall 2009 and spring 2011 and 2012).

"Corporate partners such as BASF are an integral component to the growth of the College of Engineering in graduating engineers who are prepared to be immediately successful in their career," said Ryan W. Cooney, Director, Corporate Relations and Economic Development, LSU College of Engineering. "Through BASF's support of the Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund, four College of Engineering students will receive assistance to succeed both in the classroom and the workplace."

BASF recently presented scholarships to each of the students, whose pictures were shown on the Jumbotron during the LSU-South Carolina baseball game.  

BASF – The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com


For more information, contact Cassie Thibeaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092. 

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