Nineteen Engineering Students Receive Prestigious NSF Research Fellowships | News | Engineering school

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

Sixteen graduate engineering students have been awarded a highly competitive, government-funded National Science Foundation Fellowship. Three undergraduate engineering students also received NSF scholarships.

NSF Fellows receive an annual stipend of $34,000 over three years as well as a $12,000 stipend for tuition and research costs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines supported by the NSF. NSF. For the 2022 cycle, the NSF has awarded approximately 2,200 fellowships from an applicant pool of approximately 13,000.

Duco Jansen

Professor Duco Jansen, senior associate dean for higher education and faculty affairs at Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering, said the university’s biomedical engineering department has more NSF fellows than any other BME department in the country with 10 .

“This was a banner year for the School of Engineering in terms of the number of new NSF scholarships,” Jansen said. “These scholarships are extremely competitive, so getting so many awards is a tremendous recognition of our outstanding students and mentor teachers. Our graduate students are truly some of the best and brightest in the country and our faculty’s efforts to mentor these students in their research, and with these scholarship applications, are clearly paying off.

The recipients of the School of Engineering are:

Biomedical genius

  • Hannah Briensynthetic gene circuits to integrate control methods that govern cell fate specification/Professor Jonathan Brunger
  • Nathalie Currythe role of circulating tumor aggregates in prostate cancer metastasis/Professor Mike King
  • Lauren Drakeengineering a neural microdevice to model tau propagation in vitro/Professor Ethan Lippmann
  • Emily Fabienvinculin mediates migration and bioenergetics in breast cancer/Professor Cynthia Reinhart-King
  • Andrew Kjarengineering 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 in cancer migration and metastasis/Professor Cynthia Reinhart-King
  • Hayden Pagendarmextracellular vesicles derived from surface-modified dendritic cells for immunotherapy of diabetes/Professor John T. Wilson
  • Nicole Sarnamechanobiological approach to improve the activation and cytotoxicity of CAR T cell immunotherapy for solid tumors / Professor Michael King
  • Marsala Whitakeraffinity purification of extracellular vesicles using bio-functionalized 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 Engineer

  • Corrine Currybiomaterials designed to maximize growth and perfusion of collateral arterioles/Professor Ethan Lippmann
  • Peter Paytonscalable fabrication of endosomolytic nanocarriers for immunotherapeutic nucleic acid delivery / Professor John Wilson

Public works

  • Madeleine Alleninsights from an agent-based participatory model: the impact of individual decision-making processes 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


  • Stefan Larsonnew methods for the acquisition and generation of conflicting and challenging data for the rapid development of machine learning models by non-experts / Professor Kevin Leach

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

The NSF GRFP is the nation’s oldest graduate scholarship program that has directly supported graduate students since 1952. The GRFP is a core program in NSF’s overall strategy to develop an engaged workforce at the global scale needed to ensure the country’s leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. A hallmark of GRFP is its contribution to increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce, including geographic distribution, 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

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