Brookhaven Lab's Asian Pacific American Association Offers Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship

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Mow Shiah Lin

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Association (APAA) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The annual $1,000 scholarship was initiated to honor the late Brookhaven Lab scientist for whom it is named.

In memory of Lin’s distinguished research, achievements, and inventions, the scholarship is granted each year to a student of Asian heritage with a U.S. student visa who is matriculating toward a doctorate in environmental & energy technology, biology, or chemistry at an accredited institution of higher education on Long Island, including Brooklyn and Queens. Such is how Lin began his career.

Brookhaven Lab scientists and members of APAA choose the winner. The selection criteria include academic records, references, career goals, and other factors deemed appropriate by the selection committee. The scholarship is granted independent of financial need.

Applications and further information can be obtained by calling Brookhaven Lab’s Diversity Office at 631 344-6253, or by sending an e-mail to, or by visiting the APAA website . The application deadline is May 29, 2017. 

Mow Shiah Lin began his career at Brookhaven Lab in 1975 as a postdoctoral fellow, and he advanced to co-lead a research team working with an environmental remediation company to use selected bacteria to convert toxic oil wastes, such as used motor oils, into useful products. In 2001, Lin shared an R&D 100 Award, given by R&D Magazine to honor the top 100 technological achievements of the year, for a technology to recover silica from geothermal brine. Lin died suddenly due to a brain aneurysm at the height of his career in 2003, and his fellow employees, friends, and family contributed funds to establish the scholarship.

Media Contacts: Jane Koropsak,, (631) 344-4909, or Peter Genzer,, (631) 344-3174.

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

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