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An electrical engineering junior who also is a nationally recognized jazz trumpeter will put his music aside next summer to take an around-the-world study trip, having won a scholarship from the Circumnavigators Club Foundation.

Steven Limpert will use the award to study the development and commercialization of solar energy technologies in six countries across the globe, looking at how solar energy businesses and research institutions respond to changes in government policies.

The $9,000 grant is given to only four students in the country each year. Limpert plans to travel for 12 weeks, visiting a wide range of commercial application sites and research institutions in Australia, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Germany and Spain.

He’ll put his performing career on hold, having performed as a studio musician and as a member of jazz ensembles throughout the Valley since arriving at ASU as a freshman in 2006. He plans to take his trumpet with him, however, hoping to visit jam sessions in some of the cities he’ll visit.

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