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Jonsson School 学生们 Earn National Graduate 研究 Fellowships

Two University of Texas at Dallas students and two alumni will receive support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as they pursue their graduate studies.

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机械工业 资深珍妮AIRD和 生物工程 senior 悉尼谢尔曼 each were chosen this year for the NSF研究生研究奖学金计划. The program provides three years of financial support for students’ graduate studies at their chosen institution. The award includes a stipend plus a cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees. This year, 2,050 awards were offered nationwide.

Both Aird and Sherman have gained extensive research experience as UT Dallas undergraduates in the 埃里克·琼森工程和计算机科学学院. Sherman received a 2018 scholarship through the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which supports undergraduates who want to pursue careers in natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Aird earned an honorable mention in that program in 2017.

Aird, whose research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has focused on wind energy, said she has been interested in the topic since she was a little girl but never thought that a simple childhood joy would turn into a full-blown research path and career.

悉尼谢尔曼

“This NSF award is a huge development and helps me financially to obtain a PhD at almost any school in the nation. I’m ecstatic,” Aird said.

As an undergraduate, Aird conducted research with mentors 博士。斯特凡诺LEONARDI,机械工程副教授,和 博士。马里奥rotea, Erik Jonsson Chair and head of 机械工业. She was lead author of a study published in the journal 风工程 that dealt with analyzing the aerodynamics of offshore floating wind turbines. She also founded a University club called 妇女指导工程女人, which matches female students with their counterparts in industry.

Sherman’s interest in science began in high school in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, where she participated in a neuro-electrophysiology project at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.

These awards reflect on the exceptional preparation our student researchers receive from faculty mentors, ultimately providing them with the knowledge and competitive skills to succeed both in graduate school and in their careers.

博士。约瑟夫·潘克拉齐奥, vice president for research at UT Dallas

谢尔曼,谁来到达拉斯德州作为 尤金·麦克德莫特学者 and a National Merit Scholar, has conducted research in various University labs. For example, she helped develop a spinal cord stimulation array using advanced materials while working in the Advanced Polymer 研究 Lab with mentor 博士。沃尔特VOIT BS’05, MS’06, associate professor of materials science and engineering and 机械工业. She also has researched neuromodulation therapies to augment recovery after spinal cord injury at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne.

After graduation in May, Sherman plans to pursue a PhD through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. She said adding the NSF Graduate 研究 Fellowship to her list of achievements has been monumental.

“It is exciting to be a part of something so prestigious,” Sherman said. “It is truly an honor.”

Two UT Dallas alumni who are pursuing graduate studies at other universities also received 2019 NSF Graduate 研究 Fellowships. They are:

  • Annie Yang Heble BS’17, an organic chemistry graduate student at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is working on the development of nanoparticles to improve the efficacy and safety of amino acid depletion therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Alexander Riley BS’17, an astronomy graduate student at Texas A&M University. He is investigating how the properties of satellite galaxies inform theories of how galaxies form and evolve.

“To be selected for this national program is a significant achievement for each of these students and alumni,” said 博士。约瑟夫·潘克拉齐奥, vice president for research and professor of 生物工程 at UT Dallas. “These awards reflect on the exceptional preparation our student researchers receive from faculty mentors, ultimately providing them with the knowledge and competitive skills to succeed both in graduate school and in their careers.”

 

NSF研究生研究奖学金计划

The National Science Foundation Graduate 研究 Fellowship Program is the country’s oldest fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM fields. The award includes a three-year, $34,000 annual stipend plus a $12,000 educational allowance for tuition and fees and opportunities for international research and professional development.

 

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