Louisburg College sophomore Omar Salem, an honors student and an offensive lineman on the football team, has been accepted for a National Science Foundation fellowship this summer at Rutgers University.
Salem, from Holly Springs, will be studying biochemical indicators of air pollution in urban and rural environments.
The 10-week, all-expenses-paid fellowship, part of the Research Experiences for Undergrads program, includes a stipend at the nationally acclaimed university in New Jersey.
Salem is the second Louisburg student to win a NSF fellowship this year. Nehemiah Harris, also of Holly Springs, will spend the summer at Purdue University, studying molecular and biochemical analysis of proteins.
Dr. Bob Bruck, Louisburg College’s assistant dean for STEM programs and professor of Environmental Science, said the award is “universally recognized as a significant mark of achievement.” Typically, he said, between 1 percent and 2 percent of applicants are invited to a NSF-REU program, and most continue their studies at highly selective universities.