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TWU’s David Caltrider named National Science Foundation Scholar


David Caltrider

DENTON – Texas Woman’s University student David Caltrider of Argyle, a senior business administration major, was the only student from Texas and one of only 42 students in the nation selected as a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholar. He received funding from the NSF to attend the 17th Annual Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Conference, which was held in June in Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Caltrider also was one of only 16 undergraduate students chosen as an NSF scholar.

“Being one of only a handful of undergraduate students in the nation and the only student from Texas selected for this award speaks to the quality of TWU science students,” said Dr. Richard Sheardy, professor and chair of the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

At the conference, Mr. Caltrider attended sessions on designing safer chemicals and products, bio-based chemical feedstocks, green chemistry education and new business through new green chemistry.

“As a business major with a passion for chemistry, I feel I gained valuable insight in the growing field of green chemistry, which will be immensely helpful to my future career in medicine,” said Mr. Caltrider, who plans to attend medical school after graduating from TWU in December.

With more than 161,000 members worldwide, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and is considered among the leading sources of scientific information. The society’s Green Chemistry Institute® hosts the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to advocate the implementation of green chemistry and engineering into all aspects of the global chemical enterprise. For more information, visit

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