Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate Ashley Bucsek
Geophysical Engineering student Katerina Gonzales
Applied Mathematics and Statistics student Carson Kent
Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Kimberly Slinski
Geophysical Engineering student Bradley Wilson

GOLDEN, Colo., April 6, 2015 – Five Mines students received the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), which provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.The following students received awards based on their research proposals listed below:

  • Ashley Bucsek, Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate, for her research proposal “Quantifying the Multiscale Mechanics of Phase Transformation, Twinning, and Slip Using High Energy Diffraction Microscopy.”
  • Katerina Gonzales, Geophysical Engineering student, for her research proposal: “Effects of Climate Change and Circulation on Surface Ozone Pollution." Gonzales' graduate research at Stanford University will be focused on the intersection of atmospheric dynamics and climate change, particularly on how climate change impacts people.
  • Carson Kent, Applied Mathematics and Statistics student, for his research proposal on Quantum Error Correction in the field of Computational and Mathematical Engineering.
  • Kimberly Slinski, Hydrologic Science & Engineering PhD candidate, for her research proposal: “Anthropogenic and Natural Impacts on Water Availability in Asia.”
  • Bradley Wilson, Geophysical Engineering and McBride Honors student, for his research proposal: “Improved Characterization of Seismic Risk: Symbiosis of Probabilistic and Deterministic Methodologies.” Wilson’s graduate research at University of Arkansas will be focused on developing a new regional risk index for the Middle East, particularly on the implications of cultural factors on risk. 

These students were among 2,000 awardees out of 16,500 applicants. Students had to submit a personal, relevant background and future goals statement; a graduate plan statement; academic transcripts; and reference letters.

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