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Chemical engineering student receives EPA scholarship

Posted: March 22, 2014 - 2:32pm

Alex Moix of Conway has received a Greater Research Opportunity scholarship from the Environmental Protection Agency. The scholarship provides financial support for Moix’s junior and senior year and an internship at an EPA laboratory. Moix, a junior chemical engineering major and Honors College student at the University of Arkansas, was one of 40 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year.

Moix graduated from Conway High School in 2011. His parents, Jeff and Shelley Moix, live in Conway.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support students who are conducting research in environmentally related fields. “By enhancing and supporting quality environmental education for undergraduate students, the GRO supported fellows have provided new environmental research in the physical, biological, health, and social sciences as well as in engineering,” according to the EPA website.

Moix, a Bodenhamer Fellow, is active in undergraduate research. Last year, he worked with Jamie Hestekin, associate professor of chemical engineering, researching faster and more efficient ways to grow algae for biofuels. This year, Moix is working on a different project with Hestekin, studying the use of electrodeionization to remove impurities from bio-oils -- oils derived from plants such as algae that are used to make fuel. Moix plans to take advantage of his internship opportunity to learn more about environmental research and explore his options after graduation.

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