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CEM Awards 2014 Stacey Palasek Memorial Scholarship

27 May 2014

Michelle Horn, CEM Corporation

Matthews, North Carolina (May 27, 2014)CEM Corporation, a leading global company specializing in scientific solutions for critical laboratory applications, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Stacey Palasek Memorial Scholarship is Madeleine Fish of Charlotte Latin School. CEM established the $5,000 scholarship to assist young women from Mecklenburg or Union Counties who plan to major in one of the sciences and have demonstrated a passion for science, an outstanding academic record, excellent character and leadership qualities.

A senior at Charlotte Latin School, Miss Fish has a weighted GPA of 4.23 and is a National Merit® Scholarship Semi-finalist. Her school activities include the North Carolina Science Olympiad, UNCC Super Competition, NC Governor’s School, Junior Classical League, and band. In addition, she is the manager of Charlotte Latin’s Varsity Lacrosse team. Miss Fish also tutors other students in several academic subjects and is certified to teach piano. Her future plans include attending Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to study biology.

Miss Fish spent four summers working 35 hours a week in the lab of Dr. Mark Clemens, Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She learned several lab techniques so well that she taught them to undergraduate students who came to work in the lab. An active member of Dr. Clemens research group, Miss Fish co-authored a paper that was published in the American Journal of Physiology entitled, “Hydrogen sulfide modulates sinusoidal constriction and contributes to hepatic microcirculatory dysfunction during endotoxemia.”

Of Miss Fish, Dr. Clemens said, “She is a very mature young lady who quickly became recognized as a peer by other students and postdocs. She was always a very active intellectual contributor to our lab meetings and it became very easy to forget that she was a high school student not a graduate student…She is a truly exceptional young lady both academically and personally.”

In addition to Miss Fish, the CEM Grant & Award Committee chose three other finalists who received $500 each: Christin Anthony of Union Academy, Kristen Manchette from Rocky River High School, and Ami Shiddapur of North Mecklenburg High School.

An energetic, caring person and brilliant scientist, Stacey Palasek was a research chemist with CEM Corporation who passed away unexpectedly in 2006. She had an incredible passion for science and was a gifted chemist working in the Company’s Bioscience Division. In honor of her memory, CEM established a $5,000 scholarship to assist young women who display the desire and passion for science that Stacey had. Information on applying for the scholarship is available at


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