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The Undergraduate Award for research and/or scholarship connecting humanities with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is given annually to a Purdue undergraduate student on the West Lafayette campus who best exemplifies the synergistic potential of humanities and STEM in a single research project. This award is open to all Purdue West Lafayette undergraduates, including international and part-time students. The 2021 Award winner will receive $2,500.
The deadline for all applications for the Undergraduate Research Award for Humanities and STEM is March 1, 2021.
Selection and notification of the award will be made by the Dean of Libraries and School of Information Studies.
The award will be presented at the Libraries and School of Information Studies Annual Awards ceremony, which is typically held in late spring. For clarifications or questions, please call the Libraries Administrative Office at 765-494-2902 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This award was established in 2020 with creativity, passion and generosity from Stephen Pater (BSAE ’65, MSAE ’66) to encourage and inspire undergraduate students to pursue blended research in humanities and STEM fields.
Mr. Pater retired as a computer systems security specialist at Boeing Company. He previously held several positions at Boeing, including systems data analyst and information systems project engineer. Prior to Boeing, he worked in information systems planning at Rockwell International.
As a Purdue student, Mr. Pater was a member of the Symphonic Band. He was also involved in Sigma Gamma Tau, an aerospace engineering honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, the second-oldest honor society in the country and the only engineering honor society to represent the entire engineering profession. After graduation, Stephen joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), which took him to southern California for a time. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management and spent some time during his career teaching at UCLA extension campuses.
Today, he calls himself a proud “Boilermaker Bruin.”