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April 7, 2004

Birmingham-Southern College student awarded NSF graduate fellowship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College student Hans Norrell of Homewood has been selected to receive a 2004 Graduate Fellowship Award by the National Science Foundation.

Norrell, a senior physics major, competed with some 1,400 applicants in the physical sciences category from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the nation's island and trust territories.

The $30,000 graduate fellowships are awarded annually both to outstanding senior undergraduate students and to individuals who are in the early stages of graduate study in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences. The award is renewable for up to three years at any college or university in the U.S. or overseas.

Norrell will receive his bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern in May and will begin studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C., this fall toward a research-based master's degree or Ph.D.

A Dean's List student and Homewood High School graduate, he is the son of Fred and Renee Norrell.

The National Science Foundation of Arlington, Va., offers fellowships to seek to ensure the vitality of the human resource base in science, mathematics, and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce its diversity. This is the foundation's 43rd annual fellowship competition.

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