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Colorado State University Announces the James D. DeField- Roy Buchan Memorial Scholarship


Dr. James DeField was a man who loved to take young future professionals and mold their careers as industrial hygienists. Dr. DeField first became acquainted with Colorado State University when Dr. Roy Buchan, a professor with the Department of Radiology and Environmental Health Sciences, attended the American Industrial Hygiene Association Annual Fall Technical Conference in 1973. Dr. Buchan made a presentation on starting an industrial hygiene academic program at CSU, and Dr. DeField immediately offered internships at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was director of industrial hygiene. The internships provided an incredible experience for many CSU students and gave instant credibility to the CSU program. Dr. DeField continued the internship program throughout his career and helped students get their professional lives started in industrial hygiene. He was a true friend and partner to the CSU program. 

After Dr. DeField's death in 1984, his friends and colleagues started a fund drive to establish the James D. DeField Scholarship at CSU. The Rocky Mountain and Rio Grande sections of AIHA were instrumental in the creation of this scholarship. When Dr. Buchan, an early supporter of the scholarship, passed away in 2011, it was renamed the James D. DeField - Roy Buchan Memorial Scholarship. The Rocky Mountain section of AIHA continues its support of the scholarship today, to honor the work of Drs. DeField and Buchan. The James D. DeField - Roy Buchan Memorial Scholarship Endowment provides financial support to industrial hygiene graduate students in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.

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