CORVALLIS -Robert Batten, an Oregon State University doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a three-year Semiconductor Research Corp. Graduate Fellowship.

The fellowships typically amount to about $30,000 annually, covering tuition, fees, a living stipend and an annual gift of $2,000 to OSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Batten will use the award to continue his research in futuristic circuit technology that enables high-speed communications. His adviser, Terri Fiez, said the fellowship recognizes Batten's accomplishments and potential.

"Robert is an exceptional student. He is an example of the students we are attracting to provide a top-tier engineering program," said Fiez, who is also department head.

The Semiconductor Research Corp. awarded only 23 fellowships this year, 17 of them graduate fellowships. Other fellowships went to students at universities such as Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fellowship applicants are required to pursue a doctoral degree in research relevant to microelectronics with an SRC-sponsored faculty adviser. In return, fellows give SRC access to their dissertation and are expected to take a job with a SRC company, or a faculty or government position following graduation.

Semiconductor Research Corp., based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., is the largest continuous industry-driven university research program in the nation. The corporation plans and manages a $35 million program of basic and applied research done primarily at 62 North American universities on behalf of participating North American companies. Contract decisions are made monthly by SRC management. Since 1982, SRC has funded more than $385 million in long-term semiconductor research contracts through contributions from member firms.

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Tina Batten, 541-737-8613