May 14, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 9
Back Issues
‘Our Students Lead Us’
Sullivan Award-winners
Part of the fabric of University life
Curiosity drives Mitman’s pursuits
‘Reverend Nurse:’
At 52, Valley minister feels call to care for the whole person, spiritually and physically
Leap of a lifetime:
Athlete Kim Turko jumps a formidable hurdle — life-threatening illness
He’ll be back:
Adult education graduate studies adult education
‘Hungry to Help:’
Student refugee wants to improve the lives of Burma’s forgotten children
Revitalizing Main Street:
Jill Nolt’s plan for her hometown high school makes front-page news
Peace Corps bound:
Business major trades fast lane for slow pace on Tonga
First in her family:
Angela Caldwell, a Native American, overcomes community attitudes to become lawyer
From Crane’s love of the cosmos comes new era for stargazers
A history of Finals
Sharlotte Bolyard is flying high
A ministry of medicine

Bombay bound:
Darden grad to apply best U.S. business practices to family company in India

Peer educator looks beyond educating:
Health advocacy is next step for Alyssa Lederer

No ‘cookie-cutter’ solutions:
Family expert Charmaine Yoest says creativity, flexibility are keys to resolving work/family issues

Reflections on the road to enlightenment:
Thirteen years, one class at a time, but who was counting?

‘Connecting communities:’
Presentation on African-American history at U.Va. gets students thinking, talking
Sharlotte Bolyard is flying high
Sharlotte Bolyard
Photo by Andrew Shurtleff
Sharlotte Bolyard

By Charlotte Crystal

Sharlotte Bolyard is dealing with an embarrassment of academic riches. The fourth-year student of aerospace engineering was accepted into doctoral programs at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of California-Berkeley, Brown University, MIT (two programs accepted her — mechanical engineering and aeronautics and astronautics), and Cal Tech.

They all offered her fellowships, but she doesn’t need them, and they weren’t a factor in her decision.

She chose to go with aeronautics at Cal Tech, the alma mater of her faculty adviser Ioannis Chasiotis, because of the theoretical bent of its program, although the scenic beauty of Pasadena, Calif., didn’t hurt.

To cover her graduate school expenses, she will draw on not one but two prestigious national fellowships — one from the Department of Defense and one from the National Science Foundation. The DOD Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship provides three years of full tuition plus an annual stipend starting at $27,500, and the NSF grant pays $11,000 a year toward tuition plus a $30,000 annual stipend.

And what career does she have in mind?

“I think I want to be a professor,” Bolyard said. “The professors I’ve met here have been wonderful, selfless people who have given up great careers where they could make a lot more money with a lot more prestige so they could teach and do research.”

And in the crucial area of finding money for research, Bolyard already displays a prodigious talent. As a second-year student, she won a scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers. As a third-year student, she won support from the Virginia Space Grant Consortium to investigate hypersonic aero-thermo dynamics, a project for which she received funding again this year. As a fourth-year student, she won a Harrison Award to fund her study of fatigue characteristics of micro-electro-mechanical systems. And in each of the past three years, she won a scholarship from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Cheerful and unassuming, Bolyard is an Air Force brat who was born in Albuquerque, N.M.; lived in the Panama Canal Zone; and gradu-
ated from high school in Clifton, Va.

“I come from hardworking people,” Bolyard said. “My parents instilled in me a wonderful work ethic. ... I’m glad to have the chance to learn something [to] make me a better person.”


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