UNC Highway Safety Research Center seeking applications for $1000 scholarship

CHAPEL HILL, NC (February 22, 2010) - The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is seeking scholarship applications from graduate students with an interest in the field of highway safety.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to a full-time graduate student with an interest in transportation safety who will be enrolled in the fall of 2010 at any of the University of North Carolina campuses. Applicants will be asked in a 500-1000 word essay to explain how their field of study could be used to prevent motor-vehicle-related deaths and injuries on North Carolina roads. Candidates will also be evaluated based on academic performance, extracurricular and professional activities and work experience.

The purpose of the Highway Safety Research Center Scholarship is to foster the education and professional development of graduate students with an interest in transportation safety-related areas, including, but not limited to, engineering, driver behavior, planning, public health and environment.

Since the Center established the scholarship in 2006, HSRC has awarded three scholarships to graduate students in the UNC system. HSRC awarded the 2009 scholarship to Katherine Hebert, a master's student in the UNC Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional Planning. Studying toward her goal of working at a Metropolitan Planning Organization or similar regional planning office, Ms. Hebert is focusing on alternative forms of transportation, like walking and biking, as a link between health and safety. She specializes in land use management and environmental planning.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2010 . The scholarship recipient will be announced in June 2010. The application and complete details can be found at www.hsrc.unc.edu/scholarship

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Media Contacts

Caroline Dickson
919.962.5835
dickson@hsrc.unc.edu

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