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Released 7/24/98





Upton, NY - Roseanna Ryan of Stony Brook has won the 1998 Renate W. Chasman Scholarship for Women. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually by Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a not-for-profit organization at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. The goal of BWIS is to promote the advancement of women in the scientific professions.

After graduating from Centereach High School in 1984, Ms. Ryan attended Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) for two semesters, but her education was interrupted due to family concerns. She discontinued her classes and took a secretarial position at a speech pathologist's office. She then began working as a teller at North Fork Bank in 1988, and, in 1992, she took a clerical position at University Hospital at Stony Brook, where she is still employed part-time.

Ms. Ryan married Martin Ryan, a carpenter, in 1989, and the couple had two children, born in 1991 and 1993. Caring for her children when they were infants and young toddlers further delayed Ms. Ryan's education.

In 1995, Ms. Ryan enrolled on a part-time basis at Suffolk County Community College, and she became a full-time student in the following year. She graduated this spring with an associate's degee in liberal arts with an emphasis in math, and she was accepted in the applied math and statistics program at the State University of NewYork at Stony Brook for the fall semester. Ms. Ryan hopes to graduate in the year 2000, with a bachelor's degree in math with an emphasis in marine science.

"My goal is to become an environmental scientist," Ms. Ryan said. "I'm not sure of the specific field I would enter, but I'd like to help keep the environment safe and clean for future generations. I appreciate the scholarship from Brookhaven Women in Science, which will help me fulfill my educational and career goals."

The Chasman Scholarship is named after the late Renate Chasman, a renowned physicist who worked at Brookhaven. The scholarship is intended to encourage women to pursue careers in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. Since its inception in 1986, the award has been presented each year to a re-entry woman - one whose college education was interrupted, but who has returned to pursue a degree on a half-time or greater basis.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.