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CEAT student awarded SMART Scholarship

Thursday, May 27, 2021

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Steven Howell
Steven Howell

Steven Howell, a Bachelor of Science student at Oklahoma State University, was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship.

This award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. This unique opportunity offers students hands-on experience at one of more than 200 of the nation’s most innovative laboratories across the Army, Navy, Air Force and larger Department of Defense.

During summer internships, SMART Scholars work directly with an experienced mentor, gaining valuable technical skills. After graduation, Howell will work at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

Howell is currently studying electrical and computer engineering, with a special focus in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“I am excited to receive this award. It will allow me to accomplish my academic goals at OSU in order to pursue a career in technological research and development," Howell said.

The Department of Defense is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the nation with nearly 300,000 STEM professionals. For over a decade, SMART has trained a highly skilled STEM workforce that competes with the evolving trends of industry to support the next generation of science and technology for our nation.

For more information on the SMART Program or to learn how students can apply, please visit The application is open annually from August through December.

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