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Civil engineering major will pursue Ph.D. at Stanford, Berkeley, or Illinois

Christine Moore ’08 has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

A civil engineering major from Fredericksburg, Va., she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, or the University of Illinois. Moore intends to become a research engineer and work at a national laboratory or university on problems related to water resources, environmental fluids, and hydrology.

Lafayette ranks No. 1 among all U.S. colleges that grant only bachelor’s degrees in the number of graduates who went on to earn doctorates in engineering from 1920-1995, according to the Franklin and Marshall College study “Baccalaureate Origins of Doctoral Recipients.”

Moore is the seventh Lafayette recipient of the NSF award in the last nine years. Katie Thoren ’06 (B.S. chemistry) and Meredith White ’06 (B.S. biochemistry), were awarded honorable mention this year. They are pursuing advanced study at University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.

Moore is a member of the Lafayette team competing in the Green Building Council’s sustainable design competition in New York City. Her undergraduate research experience includes work as an EXCEL Scholar with Kristen Sanford Bernhardt, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. She is currently writing an honors thesis under the direction of Roger Ruggles, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

  • New York City is Site of U.S. Green Building Council Design Competition
  • Christine Moore ’08 Researches Better Communication Methods for Engineering Project Managers
  • EXCEL Scholars program
  • Undergraduate Research

She is a multi-year participant in the Reeder House Fellows program, a residential intellectual community that includes students majoring in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as well as engineering. She is also a three-year member of the varsity swim team, and among all the recipients of NSF fellowships this year, she is the only one whose baccalaureate institution is an exclusively undergraduate liberal arts and engineering college with a broad-based Division I intercollegiate sports program.

  • Reeder House Fellows
  • 23-sport NCAA Division I athletics program

See a list of recent Lafayette recipients of national and international scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and post-graduate study. For information on applying for scholarships and fellowships, contact Julia A. Goldberg, associate dean of the College, (610) 330-5521.

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