JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – University-level science majors interested in learning about all aspects of the biodiesel industry can apply for a travel scholarship to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 21 - 24 in San Diego. The application process is open to members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel for travel scholarships. Some students will be selected to present on their research or outreach activities.
Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel is a National Biodiesel Board program intended to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry.
Student opportunities include a poster session and breakout session to present their research, a preconference biodiesel educational overview and a private mentoring mixer with prominent biodiesel scientists.
Last year, more than 20 students attended the event from schools including Yale University and the University of Idaho. Many of the students, who came from a wide range of disciplines, noted the impact the event made on them.
“As an environmental science student, the sustainability aspects and greenhouse gas reductions of biodiesel were most significant to me,” said Tami Alexander, who received a travel scholarship while pursuing her master’s degree at Wichita State University. “I previously saw biofuels as merely a stepping point on the path to a greener, more sustainable society. Now, after learning more about the production and use of biodiesel, I am convinced that it is a long-term solution.”
Alexander works part-time for the Metropolitan Energy Center in Wichita while finishing her degree.
The National Biodiesel Board, the United Soybean Board and the National Biodiesel Foundation sponsor the scholarships, which amount to a $600 travel reimbursement and complimentary registration (a $1,200 value). Apply by Nov. 19 at biodiesel.org/ngsb/.
Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors, as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry.
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For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org. For more information on the scholarship program, visit www.biodieselsustainability.com.