WORTHINGTON, OH., 30 April, 2012– The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) recently awarded the first ever Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship of $5,000 to Julia Faeth of New Riegel, Ohio. This was made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from Battelle to establish an annual scholarship for an outstanding undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in agricultural science and technology. It is named in honor of Dr. Bhima Vijayendran, a Battelle researcher who has made significant contributions to the bioproducts and soybean industries.
Additionally, the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) contributed matching funds of $50,000 to create a $100,000 endowment that will ensure that the Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship will be available to students for many years to come.
“Bhima has been a leader in the soy-based bioproducts field, so it was a natural fit when we decided to establish and name a scholarship in honor of him and his work,” said Kirk Merritt, OSCF director of outreach and programs. “We thank Battelle for making this scholarship possible.”
Vijayendran is a recognized authority on specialty chemical and polymer systems for a wide range of applications. His passion for developing technologies derived from soybeans has been unmatched, resulting in his eminent position among biobased product researchers in the world.
For longer than a decade, OSC and Battelle have been working to find new industrial uses for soybeans and Vijayendran has been there from the very beginning. Thanks to him and his research team, many new and exciting soy-based technologies have been developed and received numerous awards and recognitions. In fact, five of these technologies have received anR&D 100 award. Known as the ‘Oscars of Innovation,’ these awards are reserved for the top technological innovations of the year from around the world.
OSC and Battelle have received R&D 100 awards for:
- Soy-based plasticizer (2002)
- Soy-based toner (2003)
- Soy-based polyol (2007)
- Soy-based powder coating (2008)
- Soy-based polymer (2009)
Additionally, in 2008, the soy-based toner received a Presidential Green Chemistry Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.
And not only has this research resulted in prestigious awards, Battelle and OSC have also entered into license agreements with companies to commercialize some of these technologies, including soy-based toner which now is available in the marketplace.
“Bhima has done a tremendous job in helping to create new opportunities for Ohio soybean farmers like me,” said Allen Armstrong, OSCF board member, scholarship selection committee chairman and soybean farmer from Clark County. “His work will continue to have a positive impact on the entire soybean industry for years to come.”
Vijayendran’s contributions have been recognized by the entire U.S. soybean industry. Earlier this year, he received the United Soybean Board’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the American Soybean Association’s Special Meritorious Award.
“This scholarship is a clear indication of the vision and commitment of both OSC and Battelle to keep the pipeline of the next generation of researchers in the field of bioproducts,” Vijayendren said. “I am honored to be a small part of it.”
Faeth, the recipient of the inaugural Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, is currently a junior at the University of Dayton where she is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Faeth is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She is also the recipient of an Ohio Board of Regents Scholarship and the Silver Emblem Award winner in the National FFA Job Interview Competition. She plans to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on research in energy alternatives such as biofuels.
“Julia is an excellent student and a wonderful choice for this scholarship,” said Armstrong. “I am proud to have the opportunity to take part in this process. Bhima has helped lead the way, now we are looking for the future leaders in agricultural science and technology.”
This scholarship is a part of a larger OSCF scholarship program that was created to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in agricultural science and/or technology, as well as to support graduate-level research on soy-based bioproducts.
For more information about the Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship and OSCF’s entire scholarship program, visit www.soyohio.org.
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 seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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.
The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of the Ohio soybean industry through the support of scientific research and education.
Headquartered in Worthington, the Ohio Soybean Council is governed by a 18-member volunteer farmer board, which directs the Soybean Promotion and Research Program. The program’s primary goal is to improve soybean profitability by targeting research and development projects through the investment of farmer-contributed funds.
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For information on OSCF or OSC, contact Kirk Merritt: (614) 476-3100, or firstname.lastname@example.org , or Jamie Butts, (614) 476-3100, or email@example.com .