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Amy Sage receives P.E.O. Scholar Award from P.E.O. International

photo of Amy SageAmy Sage, a fourth year student in the Donahue group, has received a P.E.O. Scholar Award from the P.E.O. International. This recognition is based on “scholarly excellence, academic achievement, and worthwhile career goals.” The award will provide $10,000 toward her support for the 2006–2007 academic year.

Amy joined Carnegie Mellon in 2003 after completing a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Her graduate research at Carnegie Mellon includes theoretical work toward a priori prediction of reaction rates from properties of reactants and applying this knowledge to reactions in the atmosphere, such as understanding the reactivity of a complex mixture based on the distribution of vapor pressures or organic functional groups within it. Among the key goals is to understand how the atmosphere transforms chemicals emitted from a source before they are measured as “pollution.”

P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were established in 1991 to provide substantial awards to women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a graduate degree or are engaged in graduate research at an accredited institution. One of the pioneer societies for women, P.E.O. was founded in 1869 on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, P.E.O. has grown to over a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. From its inception, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has taken an active role in the promotion of educational opportunities for women. Nearly 70,000 women have benefited from the organization’s educational projects.

April 19, 2006