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SCHEV fellows to attend Tech

By Susan Trulove

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 19 - February 6, 1997

In recognition of the excellence of their academic careers, three students have each earned a fellowship to attend Virginia Tech. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) selects outstanding graduate students for State Graduate Deans' Fellowships from nominations by university academic deans state-wide.

Recipients at Virginia Tech are: Hope Harley of Clinton, Md., a doctoral student in computer science; Letecia Moye of Simpson Pitt, N.C., a doctoral student in clothing and textiles; and Kimberly Smith of Chicago, a doctoral student in plant pathology, physiology, and weed science.

Harley became interested in computer science because, "It is an area that can be applied to almost any field or facet of life and is becoming a part of everyday life."

She earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University. She was also a GEM fellow at the master's level, sponsored by the David Sarnoff Research Center of Princeton, N.J., where she interned.

Moye became interested in clothing and textiles when she did her first fashion review in 4-H at age nine. In high school, she was involved in Future Homemakers of America and earned awards for a window display. Her bachelor of science degree is in fashion merchandising from North Carolina A&T. At Virginia Tech, her research will be on the apparel shopping behavior of consumers over the age of 65 in retail outlets and through catalogs.

In her year at Virginia Tech, she has been active in the Graduate Student Assembly and served on a panel to help other graduate students in her department.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in biology at Howard University.

She attended scientific meetings and lectures and conducted research, working on the development of a rapid screening test for resistance in elm seedlings to Dutch Elm Disease.

Smith is a member of the Beta Kappa Chi honor society, Black Graduate Student Organization, American Microbiology Society, American Phytopathological Society, and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS).