The 2006 ASTM International Katherine and Bryant Mather Scholarship has been awarded to Raissa Ferron, a teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate studying self-consolidating concrete and cementitious materials at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates administers the scholarship, which assists full-time undergraduate students who are completing their second/sophomore year of college, or graduate students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction. The scholarship was established in 2005.
Currently a research assistant at the Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials in Evanston, Ill., a position she has held since 2002, Ferron works on the properties of fresh and hardened self-consolidating concrete. At present, she is focusing on research to gain an understanding of the mechanisms controlling flocculation and thixotropy of cementitious materials during the early stages of hydration.