Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship for College Students of Asian Heritage: Apply by 6/7

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Mow Shiah Lin

The Asian Pacific American Association (APAA) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory is now accepting applications for the 19th annual Mow Shiah Lin Scholarship.

The APAA's scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000 that will be presented to a student of Asian heritage with a U.S. student visa, who is matriculating toward a doctorate in environmental and energy technology, biology, or chemistry on Long Island. The APAA presents this scholarship in honor of the late Brookhaven Lab scientist Mow Shiah Lin, his distinguished research, achievements, and inventions.

This scholarship is made possible with support from the APAA and the fundraisers it hosts, Brookhaven Lab's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office, and individual contributions.

Eligibility: Who Should Apply

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Of Asian heritage with a U.S. student visa (F-1 status).
  • Enrolled in a doctoral program through May of 2024 at an accredited institution of higher education on Long Island (including Queens and Brooklyn).
  • Matriculating toward a doctorate in environmental and energy technology, biology, or chemistry

Selection criteria for the scholarship include academic records, references, career goals, civic and volunteer activities, and other factors deemed appropriate by the selection committee. The scholarship is granted independent of financial need. The 2023 awardee will be chosen by Brookhaven Lab scientists and members of APAA.

How to Apply

Learn more about the scholarship and download the application form. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 7.

Questions? Contact Scholarship Committee Chair Susan Wong.

About Mow Shiah Lin and the APAA

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 from a brain aneurysm at the height of his career in 2003. His fellow employees, friends, and family contributed funds to establish this scholarship in his name.

The Asian Pacific American Association is one of seven employee resource groups, supporting an inclusive work environment and diverse workforce at Brookhaven Lab. The APAA promotes unity and awareness through educational, cultural, and social programs; the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events; and discussion of issues that affect the Asian Pacific American community at the Laboratory.

About Brookhaven Lab

Brookhaven National Laboratory delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. Learn more.

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