A West German chemical com-pany's United States subsidiary intends to make its presence known in North America over the next five years by offering a bonanza to grad students at U.S. universities. The Henkel Corp., which opened its U.S. research facility in Ambler, Pa., last fall, will award at least four two-year fellowships of $20,000 per year to third- and fourth-year doctoral candidates in colloid and surface chemistry. The discipline, which focuses on the interaction between particles and surfaces, is relatively young, but nonetheless crucial to industry.

David Devore, a senior member of Henkel's technical staff and one of the three scientists who will be selecting the recipient of the first Henkel Fellowship, acknowledges that the $20,000 award - intended to cover equipment and travel expenses for the recipient, as well as a salary - is "up there with the most funding available" to graduate students. The largess, he says,...

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