April 22, 2016
Two Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering students have received prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Nicolas Miguel Andrade and Patrick Link will receive three-year, $34,000 annual stipends and $12,000 education allowances, along with international research and professional development opportunities.
“This program is the most prestigious award for graduate students that the NSF supports,” said Gregory Triplett, Ph.D., associate dean of graduate studies at the School of Engineering. “We are hopeful that we will have many more success stories. Faculty, staff and administration share in the success of these students.”
The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, founded in 1951. It has supported more than 50,000 fellowships aimed at students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the sciences.
Andrade, a member of the Honors College, will graduate in May and continue his education in a joint master’s-Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he hopes to study high-efficiency transistors and light-switching technologies. He is also earning a degree in physics from the College of Humanities and Sciences.
In VCU’s biomedical engineering doctoral program, Link is focused on nanoparticle research, breaking down and rebuilding proteins into forms that could carry future medications.
The grant will allow Link to focus on research in the coming years.
Dr. Triplett said VCU’s focus on undergraduate research opportunities bolsters students applying for national awards and funding.
“This is a really good time for VCU. The two winners this year are an indication of greater things to come,” he said. “They are doing research that matters.”