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Materials Science Student Selected for Leadership Training

April 24, 2008

Hande Demirkiran, a doctoral student in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, has received an esteemed scholarship to attend a leadership-training program sponsored by the materials society ASM International (ASM). The ASM’s Materials Education Foundation presented only six of these scholarships worldwide.

The ASM’s LeaderShape Institute is a six-day program conducted each summer at the University of Illinois. The Institute presents student leaders with ways to meet the changing needs of a diverse world and helps them develop skills that will benefit them personally and that will also be valuable to the companies and industries in which they will work.

The scholarship is valued at $1,400, covering all expenses associated with participating in the program. Each summer session is comprised of approximately 60 students from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

“I believe this program will give me the opportunity to observe other future scientist leaders, expend my vision, and make me aware of my goals, leadership skills and strengths,” said Ms. Demirkiran, “It might also help me identify my shortcomings and how to cope with them. I’ve been a teaching assistant in a junior-level laboratory since 2005, and I hope a career in materials education is in my future. I think improving my leadership qualities through the LeaderShape program will help me to have better communications with my students and co-workers.”

Ms. Demirkiran is president of the ASM student chapter at UT Arlington and is also the director of an ASM-sponsored materials science day camp being conducted on the campus on July 12. Detailed information on the camp is available at