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June 20, 2001

Five Female Students Awarded Battelle-Brookhaven Women in Science Awards

Upton, NY -In a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, five female high school students who excel in science or mathematics were each given a $1,000 award to encourage them to pursue careers in those fields. The award was established in 1999 by Battelle, a not-for-profit corporation that partners with Stony Brook University to manage Brookhaven Lab through Brookhaven Science Associates; and Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS), a not-for-profit group at Brookhaven Lab.

Each year, five school districts surrounding the Laboratory are each asked to select a female student for the award. The school also displays a plaque on which the names of the awardees are engraved each year.

2001 awardees

Four of the 2001 awardees are (from left, front): Elizabeth Vitaliano, William Floyd High School; Nicole Masone, Shoreham-Wading River High School; Jessica Watanasarnvechakul, Longwood High School; and Kathleen Brennan, Riverhead High School. In the back are Pam Mansfield, BWIS Scholarship Chair; and Gregory Fess, representative for Battelle's Community Relations/Charitable Distributions Program. The fifth awardee, Lauren Tedesco, Eastport High School, was not available for the photo.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership led by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.