First Friends of NSM Graduate Fellows Selected


First Friends of NSM Graduate Fellows Selected
Twenty-Two Ph.D. Students Receive $5,000 Stipends

Friends of NSM Graduate FellowsThe College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) announced the first group of Friends of NSM Graduate Fellows at the Fall Convocation.

The Friends of NSM Graduate Fellowship Program is supported by generous donors, who make it possible for the College to provide an additional $5,000 stipend to promising doctoral students. The competitive fellowship program is enabling NSM to increase the number of outstanding Ph.D. students entering its programs, directly impacting research productivity, faculty recruitment, and doctoral degrees awarded each year.

“These 22 Ph.D. students represent the best and brightest of NSM and embody the broad scope of research interests in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,” said Mark A. Smith, NSM dean. “We are pleased to be able to award this additional support for their research endeavors.”

NSM plans to greatly increase the number of fellowships by the next academic year.

2012-2013 Friends of NSM Graduate Fellows

Department of Biology and Biochemistry

Philip Jonsson
Cecilia Williams, Advisor

Hongan Long
Rebecca Zufall, Advisor

Quyen Tran
George Fox, Advisor

Yinhua Wang
Timothy Cooper, Advisor


Department of Chemistry

Gino Canlas
Scott Gilbertson, Advisor

Santa Jansone-Popova
Jeremy May, Advisor

Ilja Popovs
Olafs Daugulis, Advisor

Ly Tran
Olafs Daugulis, Advisor


Department of Computer Science

Apurva Bedagkar-Gala
Shishir Shah, Advisor

Yu Li
Albert Cheng, Advisor

Nikhil Navkar
Zhigang Deng and Nikolaos Tsekos, Advisors

Vishwanath Venkatesan
Edgar Gabriel, Advisor

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Barry Shaulis
Thomas Lapen, Advisor

Hua Yu
Fred Hilterman, Advisor


Department of Mathematics

Manisha Bhardwaj
Kresimir Josic, Advisor

Jeffrey Freeman
Robert Azencott, Advisor

James Trousdale
Kresimir Josic, Advisor

Licheng Zhang
Matthew Nicol, Advisor


Department of Physics

Ho Yin Chan
Vassiliy Lubchenko, Advisor

Shabnam Hossein
Kevin Bassler, Advisor

Hong Liang
Arthur Weglein, Advisor

Gopi Krishna Vijaya
Alex Freundlich, Advisor