Coe senior awarded prestigious McElroy Fellowship

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2011-05-13 14:23:36 - General

Coe College senior Sarah Anciaux has been awarded one of two R.J. McElroy Trust fellowships for graduate study beginning in the fall of 2011.  Anciaux was selected from a field of seven finalists from colleges and universities in northeast Iowa.

The fellowships, which carry a stipend of $10,000 per year, were established by the McElroy Trustees in 1983.  They are designed to “encourage persons of accomplishment, intelligence, integrity and leadership ability to pursue challenging academic careers.”  Based upon satisfactory progress toward a Ph.D., the stipend may be renewed for two additional years.

This represents the third consecutive year that a senior Coe student has received the prestigious McElroy Fellowship.  Last year, Tyler Mullenbach was recognized with the award, while Ben Franta received the McElroy in 2009.

Anciaux graduated on May 8 with Cum Laude honors, with a major in chemistry and a minor in Spanish.  This fall, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Minnesota.  Anciaux’s eventual career goal is to become an industrial research scientist or work in academia.  She is the daughter of Don and May Anciaux of Iowa City.

As a Coe student, Anciaux completed numerous summer research projects in the Chemistry Department, where she specialized in researching the characteristics of bio cement.  In addition, she spent one summer conducting research at Duke University and interned during a May Term at Rockwell in Cedar Rapids.

Outside of the classroom, Anciaux was a leader on the nationally ranked Coe women’s basketball team, and an All-American in track, specializing in shot put and discus.  Anciaux was also an active member of the Coe Chemistry Club.

"Sarah Anciaux is outstanding by many measures,” noted Coe Chemistry Professor Maria Dean.  “Her accomplishments include an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified chemistry degree, four years of summer research, and presentations at regional and national scientific meetings.  She has been an active participant and leader in clubs, volunteer, and outreach activities.  In addition to scholastic achievements, she is an excellent athlete. Sarah has been a key member of the women’s basketball team as well as an accomplished track and field athlete. She has the initiative, commitment and determination to be successful in graduate school and whatever career she chooses in life."

As a graduating Coe senior, Anciaux was honored with the Kesler Senior Chemistry Award.  She was also selected as a member of STRATA, the Senior Women’s Honor Society of Coe College.

The Trust benefactor, R.J. McElroy, was a pioneer broadcaster who started KWWL and the Black Hawk Broadcasting Company in 1947.  He died in 1965.