Nineteen engineering students awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships | News | School of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering has 10 more than any BME department in the country

Sixteen engineering graduate students have received a highly competitive, federally funded Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Three engineering students also received NSF grants.

NSF grantees receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees for research in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. For the 2022 cycle, the NSF awarded approximately 2,200 grants from an applicant pool of approximately 13,000.

Duco Jansen

Professor Duco Jansen, senior associate dean for graduate education and faculty affairs at the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, said the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has 10 more NSF grantees than any other BME department in the country.

“This has been an excellent year for the School of Engineering in terms of the number of new NSF grants,” said Jansen. “These scholarships are extremely competitive, so it is tremendous recognition of our outstanding students and our faculty mentors to receive so many awards. Our graduate students truly are some of the best and brightest in the country and the efforts of our faculty to mentor these students in their research and with these grant applications are clearly paying off.”

The School of Engineering recipients are:

biomedical engineering

  • Hannah Briensynthetic gene circuits to integrate control methods governing cell fate specification/Professor Jonathan Brunger
  • Natalie Currythe role of circulating tumor aggregates in prostate cancer metastasis/Professor Mike King
  • Lauren DrakeDevelopment of a neural microdevice for modeling tau propagation in vitro/Professor Ethan Lippmann
  • Emily FabianoVinculin mediates migration and bioenergetics in breast cancer/Professor Cynthia Reinhart-King
  • Andrew Kjarconstructed models of neurodegeneration/Professor Ethan Lippmann
  • Chelsea Marianothe role of cancer cell migration in the heterogeneity of large extracellular vesicles/Professor Cynthia Reinhart-King
  • Ishmael OrtizEffects of intratumoral heterogeneity on cancer migration and metastasis/Professor Cynthia Reinhart-King
  • Hayden Pagendarmsurface engineered dendritic cell-derived extracellular vesicles for diabetes immunotherapy/Professor John T. Wilson
  • Nicole SarnaMechanobiological approach to improve activation and cytotoxicity of CAR-T cell immunotherapy in solid tumors/Professor Michael King
  • Marsala’s WhitakerAffinity Purification of Extracellular Vesicles Using Biofunctionalized Magnetic Particles for Early Proteomic Detection of Infectious Diseases/Professor Todd Giorgio

mechanical engineering

  • Jesse d’Almeidaminimally invasive surgical robot for transurethral prostatectomy and anastomosis/Professor Robert Webster III

chemical engineering

  • Corrine Curryengineered biomaterials to maximize collateral arterioles outgrowth and perfusion/Professor Ethan Lippmann
  • Payton stonescalable manufacture of endosomolytic nanocarriers for delivery of immunotherapeutic nucleic acids/Professor John Wilson

civil engineering

  • Madeleine AllenInsights from a participatory agent-based model: Effects of individual decision-making on community-level flood resilience/Professor Mark Abkowitz.

Interdisciplinary materials science

  • Tao HongIntegrating Metasurfaces and Microfluidics for Deep Learning-Based Cell Classification/Professors Deyu Li and Jason Valentine

computer science

  • Stephen LarsenNew Methods for Collecting and Generating Controversial and Challenging Data for Rapid Development of Machine Learning Models by non-expert/Professor Kevin Leach

The three undergraduate recipients are Lucy Britto, biomedical engineering; Alice Ding, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering; and Adrian Florea, Mechanical Engineering.

The NSF GRFP is the country’s oldest graduate fellowship program, directly supporting graduate students since 1952. GRFP is a critical program in NSF’s overall strategy to develop a globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the country’s leadership in advancing scientific and technical research and innovation. A hallmark of GRFP is its contribution to increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce, including geographical spread, as well as the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans.

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Posted on Friday April 29, 2022 in GRFP, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship,Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Home Features, Mechanical Engineering, News, News Sidebar, Research