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Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation

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Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation

You may have never heard of Robert Switzer before, but his pioneering research and inventions have almost certainly been part of your life. Born in 1914, Switzer co-invented Day-Glo fluorescent paint, which has been incorporated into everything from supermarket packaging to traffic cones to military signaling. The Switzer brothers even developed a fluorescent marker to be mixed in the slurry that air tankers drop on wildfires! After the sale of his company in 1985, Robert and his wife Patricia decided to develop a foundation devoted to encouraging applied environmental problem solving and supporting the continued development of future environmental leaders. Now in its 26th year, the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation has provided more than 300 fellows with the tools needed to make substantial positive environmental change.

This spring I applied for the Switzer Fellowship program. I was very excited to be selected as a finalist, and thoroughly enjoyed my interview. I’ve never been in an interview process quite like that of the Switzer Foundation. My only regret was that I didn’t have longer to spend talking to the interviewing panel and the other applicants. And here’s the best news: I’ve been chosen as one of the 2010 Switzer Fellows! I’m delighted to be joining the Switzer network and can’t wait to meet some of the other fellows in the network whose research I’ve read about in the past few months. Exciting news!

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One Response to “Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation”

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