January 23rd 2017

MCI students awarded Marshall Plan Scholarships

Six students of MCI technology degree courses obtain renowned Marshall Plan Scholarships enabling research stays at American top universities

The participating MCI students have made a lasting impression on the Marshall Plan committee. Five students in Biotechnology and one student in Mechatronics were each awarded one of the popular Marshall Plan Scholarships. Their extraordinary academic achievements as well as their research projects have convinced the jury in every way.

Hannah Pellegrini (bachelor degree course in Biotechnology), Lukas Hohenwarter (master degree course in Biotechnology), Birgit Petje (master degree course in Biotechnology), Nico Robin Wahl (master degree course in Biotechnology), Kathrin Freisl (master degree course in Biotechnology), and Lukas Bachnetzer (bachelor degree course in mechatronics) are admitted to American top universities, where their final papers will be advanced. The students are granted a three to six-months stay at the University of Kentucky, the Rockefeller University, the University of Colorado, and the University of California, Berkeley as well as the University of California, Santa Barbara to research for and work on the completion of their bachelor and master theses.

The Marshall Plan Scholarships program (MSP) promotes academic exchange between Austria and the US with a special focus on research in technological disciplines. Since 2009, MCI students have regularly been awarded renowned scholarships as part of the program.

Christoph Griesbeck, biotechnology head of department & studies, is delighted for his students’ achievement: “The awarding of this renowned scholarship to several of our students is the reward for their excelling performances. Furthermore, this demonstrates that the MCI technology courses are of international standing and provide an ideal preparation for an academic career.”

Andreas Mehrle, mechatronics head of department & studies, adds: “Research stays at these excellent US universities will be a milestone in the academic careers of the awardees. Moreover, they will return to Austria with many new and valuable contacts. My congratulations!”

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