Robert Emmett Awarded SMART Scholarship

June 9, 2017

C&BE-261 reducedChBE graduate student Robert Emmett was awarded a scholarship by the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program. This prestigious award pays him a generous annual stipend along with his tuition and fees.

Bobby was assigned to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research Center in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and will have the opportunity to complete a summer internship there along with employment following completion of the program.

The SMART Scholarship for Service Program allows undergraduates and graduates pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics a full scholarship and employment opportunity. The goal of the SMART Program is to increase the amount of scientists and engineers in the United States Department of Defense. Candidates must demonstrate hard work and dedication to both theoretical and applied research, and the award is very selective. Last year, only twelve percent of applicants were awarded, the final number of awardees being 239. The average GPA among these 239 scholars was a 3.7.


Bobby’s career at Clemson has been one of great success and recognition. Last year, he received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award within both the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences and the ChBE department. This is awarded to two graduate assistants who are recognized by faculty, students, and fellow graduate teaching assistants as outstanding teachers. Bobby has also been a member of Dr. Mark Roberts’ research group at Clemson for several years. His current research focuses on redox flow batteries, large batteries that aim to power communities when wind and solar energy are not available. A main goal driving his research is to improve the power and energy capabilities of these batteries.