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 it.” 

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As UW-Stevens Point begins the 2013-2014 academic year, there are more than 1,600 new students and more than 9,500 students total. Nearly 3,400 live in 14 residence halls, which are staffed by 13 residence hall directors and more than 170 student staff members. Students will be taught and assisted by nearly 1,200 faculty and staff member this year.