PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host four of the 2022 SPE Foundation Scholarship winners: Rachel LeBlanc, Allen Román, Kelsey Allis, and Wyatt McGraw. The SPE Foundation is an arm of SPE that supports the development of plastics professionals by funding quality educational programs, grants, and scholarships, emphasizing science, engineering, sustainability, and manufacturing to create inclusive opportunities for students around the world.

The 2023-2024 Foundation Scholarships deadline is April 1.  Learn more about SPE Foundation Scholarships.

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Scholarship Winners Featured

Rachel LeBlanc is in the 5th-year of her Senior/Masters program at Case Western Reserve, studying Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on thermoplastic polyurethanes as materials for prosthetics. After graduation, she hopes to start her career in the medical devices industry or pursue a Masters in Engineering Management. She is helping create an educational demo/video for the city of Cleveland showing the importance of reducing contamination in the recycling stream. Rachel was awarded the Thermoplastics Elastomers Technical Interest Group Scholarship, SPE Foundation Gail Bristol Scholarship, and PPA Clare Goldsberry Scholarship.

Allen Román is a Ph. D. student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Mechanical Engineering and working under Tim Osswald. He was awarded the Donald McCoy Chicago SPE Scholarship. He donated part of the scholarship back to the scholarship program from which he benefited as a first-generation college student.

Kelsey Allis is a Senior at Western Washington University, studying Polymer Material Engineering. She has worked closely with injection molding machines and is active in SPE Student Chapter. She organized a beach clean-up with the local Surfrider chapter as SPE Student Outreach Officer. She was awarded the Recycling Division Scholarship, Western Plastics Pioneers George Epstein Scholarship, and PPA Neward Scholarship.

Wyatt McGraw is a Senior at Shawnee State University, studying Plastics Engineering Technology. He has completed many internships focused on blow molding and flexible packaging. He is active in the SPE Student Chapter. He was awarded the Flexible Packaging Division Scholarship, PPA W. Muller Scholarship, and Blow Molding Division Willi Muller Scholarship.

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PlastChicks – The Voices of Resin, is a plastics podcast hosted by Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri, talking about popular plastics topics and the people inspiring the industry! This podcast is sponsored by SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals. Look for new episodes the first Friday of every month.