arrows arrow-right arrow-left menu search rss youtube linkedin twitter facebook arrow-play

'Out To Innovate Scholarships' Awarded by Battelle and NOGLST

Posted on Aug 30, 2011


COLUMBUS, OH., 30 August, 2011—Battelle and NOGLSTP announced recently that Michael Waak and Tonia Poteat have been awarded the 2011 “Out to Innovate Scholarships.”

With lead funding from Battelle Memorial Institute, the Battelle/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships are the first such awards targeted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) students (or an active ally in the LGBT community) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The $5,000 scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBT students in STEM careers.

Waak is a senior at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point majoring in water resources management with a minor in chemistry. He has received numerous academic honors and leadership excellence awards. He is currently president of the university’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance as well as the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and is engaged in numerous other campus activities. He intends to pursue a master’s degree in water resource management upon graduation.

Poteat is a Ph.D. candidate in international health at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a practicing physician’s assistant in LGBT health care at Chase Brexten Health Services and her doctoral research is focused on access to health care services and HIV risk among transgender adults in the United States and Senegal.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or



Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544