Chris Hareland, junior in materials science and nanoengineering, won the Barry Feldman Memorial Scholarship from The Copper Club.
The $10,000 award “recognizes exceptional individuals who have excelled in the study of mining and metallurgy.” Hareland was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by his undergraduate research adviser, Dr. Zachary Cordero.
“It feels awesome to win this award,” said Hareland, who is actively researching a processing technique for copper that will allow the material, which is relatively soft, to be used in more high-strength applications.
“I love how fundamentally interdisciplinary materials science is, and how many applications it has,” he said.
Hareland has another year left at Rice, and then he plans to attend graduate school. He is interested in a research career in industry, thanks to the passion for research that he found at Rice.
“Rice has been amazing,” he said. “I love being able to research and have the professors be so open to letting you into their labs and supporting you along the way.”
Formed in 1994, The Copper Club is the leading organization for those who support the copper industry. They provide networking opportunities and educational grants to students working toward careers in industry.