Students attend conference and get scholarships

April 1, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Plastics are the future, especially for University of Wisconsin-Platteville students Mike Schubert and Kristada Saochakun, who each took home a $500 scholarship after attending a conference for the Society of Plastic Engineers in Milwaukee.

The scholarships, sponsored by Ticona - a high-perfomance thermoplastic engineering company - were available to students enrolled in two-year and four-year universities throughout the state.

"Even though the scholarships were open to students throughout the state, UWP students received both of the scholarships - which we've done several times in the past," said Majid Tabrizi, professor of industrial technology and director of the Center for Plastics Processing Technology at UWP. "To receive the scholarship, not only are qualifications such as grades and backgrounds factors, but the committee also looks for someone who is unique and can contribute to the area of plastics."

Schubert and Saochakun attended the conference with Tabrizi and six other UWP students. Saochakun is a gradate student at UWP with an emphasis in plastic processing technology. He is one of the University's international students from Thailand. Schubert is a senior at UWP with a major in industrial technology and a minor in plastic processing technology. He is the son of Christine Stewart of South Wayne and Gene Schubert of Warren, Ill. Receiving the scholarships not only benefits the students financially, but also gains exposure for the students and UWP in the field of plastics processing.

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