Three Virginia Tech public relations specialists who won first place awards in the Virginia Press Women's Communication s Contest have received awards from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). Only first place state winners are eligible to compete at the national level.

Lynn Nystrom, of Christiansburg, Va., director of news and external relations in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, won first place in the national contest for her multiple press releases on the university's program to build its supercomputer. Nystrom, submitted her original news stories and copies of subsequent media reports.

Clara B. Cox, of Blacksburg, received a second place for editing the brochure, "50th Anniversary of Blacks at Virginia Tech." Cox is director of publications and outreach communications in University Relations.

Susan Trulove, of Pulaski County, Va., communications manager for Virginia Tech's Research Division, won honorable mention for special articles in the science category for two articles published in the 2003 Virginia Tech Research magazine (http://www.research.vt.edu/resmag/2003winter/). The articles were about the development of biomaterials for use in human medicine and the creation of photonic sensors for use in harsh environments.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.