Chemical Engineering junior earns Goldwater honorable mention

Kathleen Smith is a YSU student and University Scholar who received a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention this semester.

Kathleen Smith

To whom much is given, much is expected.

This is a paraphrase of Luke 12:48 and Kathleen Smith’s personal philosophy.

The junior chemical engineering major recently earned national recognition as a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

“I love chemistry and math, so I figured this major fused my two loves,” said Smith. “I am pleased to have received honorable mention for this prestigious, national award.”

Smith is a member of the YSU Scholars and Honors program, secretary for the Society of Women Engineers and Junior Class representative for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

She is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society and the Phi Sigma Rho Sorority for Women in Engineering.

Speaking on the differing social environments of these organizations, Smith says each has a unique facet, which adds to her enrichment.

“I could not imagine my college experience if I were not a Scholar because it has played such an important role in my education. And where SWE is a more professional organization, Rho is more social; it’s a really nice group of close-knit girls who know exactly what you’re going through.”

Smith expects to graduate in May 2013 and is already planning for her future in engineering.

“I spent last summer in an internship at GE working as part of the fluorescent lighting team. I am going to do that again this summer,” she said.

Smith went on to say that she plans to apply to the GE Edison Engineering Program at the end of her junior year, a program which will afford the young engineer a full-time position on, as she described it, “the fast track.”

In the meantime, she is studying for the Graduate Readiness Exam, which she plans to take in August in case she opts to pursue her master’s degree directly after graduation.