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January 23, 2014

Senior named Churchill scholar

David Palm

David Palm

Senior David Palm has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship by The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. Palm is one of 14 students in the nation to be chosen for the honor.

As a Churchill Scholar, Palm will pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in chemistry at the University of Cambridge while conducting research on solar and alternative energy technologies. Upon earning his master’s degree, Palm plans to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering and enter the solar energy field.

Palm is working toward a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering as well as bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and the history and philosophy of science in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

As an undergraduate researcher, Palm has assisted Swanson school faculty members in sustainable energy projects — most notably an endeavor to remediate the environmental effects of fossil fuel combustion through nanoscale carbon dioxide capture within the lab of Götz Veser, Pitt’s Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.