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Excelling in Both Time and Space


Brenna Horrocks with her faculty mentor, Dr. Glenn Griffin

Students at the Capstone continue to succeed, whether it’s winning best student of the year, or reaching for the stars with scholarships from NASA.

Advertising Student Wins Student of the Year Honor

Brenna Horrocks, a 2014 University of Alabama graduate majoring in advertising, was named the 2014 Student of the Year by the Birmingham chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

Horrocks, from Logan, Utah, said she gained valuable experience at UA, working on advertising campaigns for companies like Warby Parker Eyewear and Con-Tact Brand contact paper. She said Dr. Glenn Griffin, associate professor of advertising, helped her realize what it meant to be passionate about her career choice.

“Dr. Griffin has been an outstanding mentor over the last year,” Horrocks said. “He’s shown me the importance of creating work that goes beyond obligation, and his guidance has played an important role in my growth as a writer.”

Griffin, who nominated Horrocks for the award, said she was a “remarkable” student.

“Her creative work was selected for and exhibited in an international show in New York, she won the student ‘Best of Show’ award in the local ADDY awards, had her work published in a refereed creative writing journal and maintained an excellent GPA all the while,” Griffin said. “She’s extremely talented and respected by her peers, and I’m told she was chosen unanimously by the AAF Birmingham judges.”

Engineering Students Selected for NASA Scholarships

The Alabama Space Grant Consortium awarded seven undergraduate scholarships and one graduate fellowship to students at The University of Alabama.

Suzanne Kornegay, a graduate student in metallurgical and materials engineering from Oneonta, earned a $37,000 graduate fellowship for her dissertation titled “Revealing the role of the Ternary Additions in Nitinol Shape Memory Phase Stability.”

Dr. Gregory Thompson, a professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, is Kornegay’s adviser.

One of 52 national space grant consortia, the Alabama Space Grant Consortium, or ASGC, offers one graduate fellowship and multiple undergraduate scholarships to students at the University each year. The Alabama Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-funded organization.

Undergraduate applicants are selected based on their academic qualifications, career goals and an assessment of their motivation toward an aerospace or space science career. Graduate students are evaluated based on a proposed research program or plan of study relevant to NASA’s aerospace science and technology program in addition to academic qualifications and motivation toward an aerospace or space science career.

“The purpose of the ASGC is to inspire students across the state to consider aerospace and space science related careers,” said Dr. John Baker, professor and department head for aerospace engineering and mechanics. “This is especially important for Alabama given that the aerospace industry is one of the primary driving forces of Alabama’s economy.”

Undergraduate ASGC award recipients include:

Elizabeth Anne Bowman, a junior in aerospace engineering from Scottsboro
Alexis Brooke Cornelison, a senior in mechanical engineering from Fairhope
David Thomas Gronstal, a senior in aerospace engineering from Belmont, North Carolina
Eric Stephen McVay, a senior studying aerospace engineering and physics from Tuscaloosa
Joseph Drake Olmstead, a junior in aerospace engineering from Gulf Shores
Kellen Christian Schroeter, a senior in aerospace engineering from Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Dylan Thomas Stapp, a senior majoring in both in aerospace engineering and astrophysics from Northport
Matthew Lamar Warren, a senior majoring in both in aerospace engineering and physics from Pensacola, Florida