SERC recently awarded the first ever Schatz Energy Fellowship to Ranjit Deshmukh, an incoming HSU student who will begin the Environmental Systems Graduate Program in Fall 2006. Although SERC has supported graduate students in the past, from student assistant positions to financial support such as tuition, co-directors Peter Lehman and Charles Chamberlin and Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) Assistant Professor Arne Jacobson decided the time had come to make SERC’s support and commitment official. The fellowship aims to attract high caliber graduate students in the ERE and International Development Technology (IDT) options of the Environmental Systems Graduate Program who intend to focus on renewable energy or energy efficiency related work. The fellowship provides $10,000 in support during the academic year and may be renewed once to cover a second year of graduate study. The fellow is expected to participate in research activities at SERC during the nine-month academic year. Ranjit comes to SERC with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Government College of Engineering in Pune, India, and an MS degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.