Sartorius-Stedim Biotech awards first BTEC scholarships

Published Nov 20, 2012Scholarship Recipients Rich Malfa (at far left) and Dennis Powers of Sartorius Stedim present scholarships to Caitlin Kurtz (left) and Megan Fruchte on November 19, 2012. Malfa is a sales representative, and Powers is Director of Integrated Solutions North America.

BTEC is pleased to announce that Sartorius-Stedim Biotech has established two annual scholarships to benefit students enrolled in its academic programs. “Through this scholarship we hope to encourage gifted students in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and related technologies to pursue study concentrations which will benefit the biopharmaceutical industry,” said Mary Lavin, president of Sartorius Group North America. The inaugural scholars for the academic calendar year 2012-2013 are Megan Fruchte and Caitlin Kurtz.

Fruchte is a rising junior majoring in biological engineering. She currently has a GPA of 3.97 and has taken honors classes through the University Scholars Program. She volunteers as a coordinator for the College of Engineering’s Career Fair and has been working on several independent research projects in the Department of Microbiology. Most notably, she has been working in the lab of Dr. Michael Hyman, an expert on bioremediation. She will present the results of her research at the regional ACC International Academic Collaborative conference in spring 2013 and plans to submit a related paper for publication.

Kurtz is a rising junior pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. A member of the NC State chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, she maintains a 4.00 GPA and is actively involved with the University Honors Program. After spending part of last summer in Italy participating in a study abroad program sponsored by the University Scholars Program, Kurtz worked as a volunteer at the Second Chance Boutique in Waxhaw, N.C. She also volunteers at Bonds Grove United Methodist Church.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a subgroup of Sartorius, a leading global provider of laboratory and process technologies and equipment for the biotech, pharmaceutical and food industries, as well as public research institutes and laboratories. Founded in 1870, Sartorius operates its own production facilities in Europe, Asia and America, and has sales offices and local representatives in more than 110 countries. Sartorius currently employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.

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