Four Mines students received the 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), which provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
The program, started in 1952 shortly after Congress established NSF, is the oldest continuous graduate fellowship of its kind. The following Mines students received awards based on their research proposals:
- Michael Knight, a materials science PhD student, for his research proposal “Manipulating B-site Cation Surface Segregation in Perovskite Oxides." Ivar Reimanis, Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramics Engineering, is his advisor.
- Allison Lim, a materials science PhD student, for her research proposal “Understanding and Designing Plastic Scintillators for Detection of Gamma Rays and Neutrons.” Alan Sellinger, associate professor of chemistry, is her advisor.
- Rachel Sherbondy, a materials science PhD student and CoorsTek Fellow, for her research proposal “Multicaloric Perovskite Materials for Solid-State Refrigeration." Geoff Brennecka, assistant professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, is her advisor.
- Abigail Eustace, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a focus in biomechanics, for research on the computation and musculoskeletal modeling of knee implants. She will do her graduate research at University of Denver, where she will be pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering.
A recent Mines graduate was also among the 2,000 awardees, selected from more than 12,000 applicants:
- Izabel Pirimai Aguiar ‘17, currently a master’s student at CU Boulder in computational mathematics, for her research developing methods for uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis for dynamical systems. She will be conducting her research at Stanford University.