Graduate Student Receives NSF Fellowship
MATTHEW EUZARRAGA | April 19, 2017
Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Beu Oropeza has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Program (NSF). The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports outstanding graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); who are pursuing a Master's or a Ph.D. degree at accredited institutions with in the United States.
Each year the NSF receives up to 40,000 applicants in STEM related projects and only 11,000 proposals are funded. This year Oropeza was selected and was given a stipend of $34,000 a year for up to three years to fund her research in on tissue printing and regenerative medicine. She was also awarded an additional stipend of $12,000 a year for up three years in tuition assistance. Totaling the award at $138,000 for her research and education.
"I hope to educate our community and inspire high school students to become interested in research," said Oropeza. "I have found that many young students in our community see scientists as a type of fictional career that isn't achievable. I hope students that are having difficulties understand that they can still achieve the goals they've always intended," she said.
Oropeza has been under the mentorship of Thomas Boland Ph.D., professor in the Department of Metallurgy, Materials and Biomedical Engineering.
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