EMD Millipore awards first annual BTEC scholarships

Published Sep 4, 2012Scholarship Recipients Susan Moore (at far left) and John Stefanyk of EMD Millipore present scholarships to Amanda Kaufman (left) and Jesseeca Nguyen on August 24, 2012. Moore is director of sales for Millipore's NA South Regions, Biopharm Process Solutions, and Stefanyk is an account manager.

BTEC is pleased to announce that EMD Millipore has established two annual scholarships to benefit students enrolled in its academic programs. “We are proud to announce the first recipients of the EMD Millipore Scholarship, in conjunction with the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center at North Carolina State University,” said Vin Donovan, vice president of Biopharm Process Solutions at EMD Millipore. “This new scholarship will help ensure the next generation of scientists and engineers has access to the training and education they need to realize their full potential in the biopharmaceutical industry.”

The inaugural EMD Millipore scholars for academic calendar year 2012-2013 are Amanda Kaufman and Jesseeca Nguyen.

Kaufman is currently a junior and is double majoring in Food Science and Bioprocessing Science.  She is a member of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and is in the leadership program LIA (Leadership in Action). Her experiences include working at the university’s Howling Cow dairy plant at Schaub Hall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and, as a co-op, at a Barry Callebaut chocolate factory in New Jersey. In her spare time, she assisted on a research project on Listeria monocytogenes in poultry products.

“It’s very humbling to know that there are individuals and companies such as EMD Millipore willing to invest in our education,” Kaufman said. “I’m very thankful for their generosity because I wouldn’t have gotten this far without their help.”

Currently a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biomanufacturing and a minor in Spanish, Jesseeca Nguyen has achieved many academic accolades. A Goodnight and Provost Academic Scholar, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List for each semester at NC State. Her experiences include working as a bioinformatics intern with Dr. Ann Loraine at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis and serving as president of the NCSU chapter of Circle K International service organization. She is also a resident advisor for Lee Residence Hall.

EMD Millipore, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, was founded in 1954 and is an international life science company, widely known for its micrometer pore-size filters and tests. The company, in partnership with its customers, creates innovative solutions for research, development and production worldwide. Its worldwide headquarters is located in Billerica, Massachusetts. The company is organized into three divisions or business units: Bioscience, Lab Solutions, and Process Solutions.

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