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Chemistry Student Lands Prestigious Internship

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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Abigail Cawoski, a Westminster College junior chemistry major, has been awarded a paid industrial internship from the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) at LyondellBasell Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Of the 243 applicants, 27 students were selected, three being from small liberal arts colleges.

“Exceptional” sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering can apply for a SCI Scholars summer internship. Students are selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest in an industrial internship, and letters of recommendation.

“This is a very prestigious accomplishment that Abby has landed in the chemical industry,” said Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry and program coordinator for the environmental program.

SCI, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the American Chemical Society created the SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.

According to their website, SCI America International Group promotes the application of science for the benefit of society, dedicated to promoting fellowship, celebrating achievement, promoting public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry, and inspiring students to enter technical careers.

Cawoski, Greensburg, Pa., is a daughter of Timothy and Juliet Cawoski and a graduate of Greensburg-Salem High School.

For more information, contact Dr. Pete Smith, professor of chemistry and chair of the division of biological, chemical, and environmental sciences, at