5 Mines students named NSF Graduate Research Fellows
Five Colorado School of Mines students have been awarded the 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
The prestigious program, which began in 1952, is the oldest continuous graduate fellowship of its kind. It provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated potential for significant achievements in the STEM disciplines.
The 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellows at Mines are:
Grace Mattingly, a PhD student in computational and applied mathematics, is working with Stephen Pankavich, associate professor of applied mathematics and statistics.
“My research focus is on the qualitative and quantitative behavior of collisionless plasmas to understand space weather phenomena and properties of equilibria in toroidal fusion reactors,” Mattingly said.
Hannah Verboncoeur, a PhD student in geophysics, is working with Matthew Siegfried, assistant professor of geophysics and an expert in glacial geophysics and remote sensing.
“I study ice shelves in Antarctica, which are big slabs of ice along the coast that hold back land ice from flowing towards the sea causing sea levels to rise. Ice in Antarctica, including these ice shelves, are affected on a regional scale by interactions with the ocean, atmosphere, and shifting ice dynamics,” Verboncoeur said. “I will be studying how these evolving interactions over large time scales are impacting the ice shelves’ ability to hold back the outflowing ice now and in the future.”
Lauren Zoe Baker
Zoe Baker, who will graduate in May with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and applied mathematics and statistics, will begin her master’s degree in computer science this fall with Jedidiah McClurg, assistant professor of computer science.
“I am still figuring out the details of my research, but it will be in the field of programming languages, likely something related to program verification and correction,” Baker said.
Lucy Metzroth, a materials science PhD student, is working with Tom Gennett, professor of chemistry, and Shubham Vyas, associate professor of chemistry.
“Research on battery materials has become increasingly important as we look for more ways to store energy created from renewable sources, power cars, and run devices,” Metzroth said. “My research focuses on solid state electrolytes for multivalent batteries made from earth abundant materials like magnesium. I will examine experimentally and computationally the mobility of ions through electrolyte and the behavior at the interface of the electrode and the electrolyte.”
Michael Francis Miller
Michael Miller, a PhD student in mechanical engineering, is working with Anne Silverman, Rowlinson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Functional Biomechanics Laboratory.
“My research is investigating balance control during movement transitions, such as when rising from a chair and seamlessly transitioning to walking,” Miller said. “We know that injuries, aging, and other neuromuscular deficits can change how we stand and walk, but how these changes relate to muscle action is not well understood. Our findings hope to reduce balance related injuries by informing physical therapy and rehabilitation practices about the most effective strategies for movement transitions.”