UW-Stevens Point student wins prestigious Fulbright Grant
University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point senior Sam Knapp has always felt lucky to live in the United States,
calling it a place of privilege where clean water and abundant food and energy
resources are taken for granted.
The graduating chemistry and
physics major hoped to bring that privilege to others around the world by
studying environmental engineering in graduate school next fall.
Sometimes plans change - for the
better. Rather than preparing for his dream, Knapp will put it into action and spend
10 months working on a project to eradicate Legionnaires' disease from water
supplies in hospitals worldwide.
The winner of a 2014-15 U.S.
State Department Fulbright Student Grant, Knapp will travel to Sweden to work
with Dr. Bo Nordell at the Luleå University of Technology in Luleå. He is the
third UW-Stevens Point student to win the prestigious award since 1973.
“Every day it becomes a little
more real,” said the Iron River, Wis., native. “I’m looking forward to the
satisfaction of learning something new and professionally moving toward a
career in sustainability. I’m also excited for the cultural immersion aspect of