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Clarkson University Senior Sayuri Yapa of Hannawa Falls Receives Frederica Clarkson Award

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Graduating senior Sayuri D. Yapa of Hannawa Falls, N.Y., received the Frederica Clarkson Award during Clarkson University’s 116th commencement ceremony today. She was selected for the $1,000 award by a vote of the full University faculty based on her scholarship and promise of outstanding achievement.Frederica2009

The award was established in 1921 as a bequest in the will of Frederica Clarkson, sister of Thomas S. Clarkson, for whom the University is named. This award and the Levinus Clarkson Award are traditionally given to the two top students in the graduating class.

Yapa, a mechanical engineering major and a member of Clarkson’s Honors Program, will attend Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering Master of Science program starting in September.

She started undergraduate research in Prof. Suresh Dhaniyala’s aerosol research lab in May 2006, focusing on aerosol sampling technology. She presented her work at the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) International Aerosol Conferences in Reno, Nev., in 2007 and in St. Paul, Minn., in 2006.

Yapa received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Education for her honors thesis proposal in 2008 and was named a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow this year. In 2007, Yapa was funded by the NSF as a visiting research assistant at Hiroshima University in Japan, where she researched the characterization of the soft x-ray charger for use in nanoparticle size classification.

Other honors she received at Clarkson included the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Faculty and Staff Award for Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior in 2008; the Norman L. Rea Award in 2009; the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award in 2009; and the Institutional Diversity Initiatives Award in 2009. She was inducted into the Phalanx honorary leadership society in 2009 and was a presidential scholar for seven of her semesters at Clarkson. She graduated with a GPA of 3.929.

While at Clarkson, she served as president and vice president of the Society of Women Engineers, co-chair of the Honors Program public relations committee, corresponding secretary of Tau Beta Pi, a student member of the AAAR, a member of Clarkson’s AAAR student chapter, and a member of the 5 Societies group of professional organizations. She also received a meritorious win in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) in 2009 along with two other students.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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